Casey’s suspension dropped

Texas commission reverses ruling, reinstates Kahului strawweight’s win

Cortney Casey, shown throwing a punch in a bout with Jessica Aguilar on May 13, will improve to 7-4 with her victory on the UFC 211 card reinstated. -- AP photo

The Maui News

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has dropped its three-month suspension of mixed martial artist Cortney Casey, informing the strawweight from Kahului of its decision in a letter on Friday.

“After reexamination of the documents in our possession and careful examination of the Sample B results, your 90-day suspension is lifted effective June 29, 2017, the enforcement case dropped with no further action taken, and the bout ‘win’ reinstated on your record,” the Texas department said in the letter, which Casey provided to The Maui News.

Casey had been facing the suspension after her unanimous-decision victory over Jessica Aguilar at UFC 211 in Dallas on May 13.

“Obviously, it should never have been taken away,” Casey said Friday.

Cortney Casey, who played soccer at UTEP, said she would “have no problem fighting in Texas again.” -- AP file photo

When credited with a win over Aguilar, Casey is 7-4, with a 3-3 mark in the UFC, which ranks her 13th in her weight class.

Last week, the SB Nation website reported that UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky said Casey’s “B” sample came back negative for banned substances after testing done at a laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Association.

That followed an earlier ruling by TDLR that Casey had a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio that surpassed its limit.

SB Nation reported that the lab used for the “B” sample used testing methods considered more comprehensive for examining testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratios.

Casey said she wanted future testing done at labs with WADA and U.S. Anti-Doping Association accreditation.

“That’s definitely what we’re trying to get across … so everything is across-the-board equal,” she said.

The UFC issued a statement on Thursday requesting that the Texas commission reverse its suspension.

Casey, who played soccer collegiately at Texas-El Paso, said she would agree to future fights in the Lone Star State.

“I have no problem fighting in Texas again,” she said. “The agency needs to follow guidelines, but I love Texas. Dallas is great, the fans are great.”