The Nevada Athletic Commission on Thursday exonerated Rob Font of an anti-doping rule violation, following the US Anti-Doping Agency’s findings that a positive test resulting from his fight with Cody Garbrandt at UFC Vegas 27 was caused by a non-prohibited substance.
After hearing testimony from Font and UFC Senior Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky, the commission endorsed USADA’s decision last month that Font had failed not intend to cheat and received no performance-enhancing benefits from the substance, chlorphenesin, a cosmetic preservative found in lotions, hair products and sunscreens, MMA Junkie reported. Font will undergo random drug testing over the next six months, MMA Fighting has confirmed.
USADA has found that chlorphenesin can metabolize to 4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid, a metabolite of meclofenoxate that is banned. The NAC said it could increase the threshold for an unfavorable finding of 4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid at 3,000 ng / ml from 1,000 ng / ml.
Font, ranked No.3 in the UFC bantamweight division, defeated ex-champion Garbrandt by unanimous decision to claim his biggest victory yet. With its exoneration, the commission will not reverse the outcome of the fight.
Font is 9-3 in his UFC career and is up for a UFC title shot.