Carlos Mota, a UFC flyweight with an MMA record of 8-2 and 0-1 in the UFC, has been found guilty of doping and has been suspended for two years. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency prohibits the use of meldonium, a metabolic modulator, which Mota tested positive for. As a result of the positive test, Mota was ordered to pay a total of $2,848, which includes $448.25 in legal fees, and will not be able to participate in any competitive activities until October 29, 2024.
The Nevada Athletic Commission was informed of the penalty by Joel Bekker, a representative from the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, at a meeting held in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The failed drug test occurred during Mota’s Oct. 29th fight against Cody Durden, which he lost in a unanimous decision. Mota, who was the reigning LFA flyweight champion at the time, took the fight at short notice, marking his debut in the UFC.
At the time of his UFC entry, 27-year-old Carlos Mota was highly regarded as one of the top up-and-coming flyweights in the world. Prior to his fight with Cody Durden, Mota won two consecutive fights, one of which was a vicious knockout of Rizvan Abuev at LFA 140, just two months before.
During the same hearing on Wednesday, the Nevada Athletic Commission announced the suspension of flyweight prospect Cobey Fehr for nine months for testing positive for amphetamines, along with a fine. Additionally, Jon Kennedy, a fighter for Power Slap, was also suspended for nine months and fined for testing positive for cocaine.