According to a report from mixedmartialarts.com, Kurt Holobaugh has been suspended nine months for violating the prohibition on use of an IV to rehydrate. The ruling came today during a hearing after the Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously voted to suspend the featherweight.
The report states that Holobaugh was “also fined $750, 15% of his $5,000 purse for beating Matt Bessette at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 1 on July 11, 2017. Further, his win was changed to a No Contest.”
Holobaught defeated Bessette via first round knockout in front of UFC President Dana White, earning himself a UFC contract.
IV’s were commonly been used to rehydrate after weigh-ins, but because they can also be used to mask drug use, the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibits any IV over 50 ml in a six-hour period.
The report continues, “Unbeknownst to Holobaugh, the Nevada Athletic Commission has a similar prohibition. And Holobaugh used an IV of 2,000 milliliters after weigh ins. The use was not part of a medical procedure, and he did not apply for or receive a therapeutic-use exemption.
“Holobaugh appeared at the hearing via telephone and took full responsibility. The fighter was honest when speaking with a USADA official as part of the UFC contract process.”