UFC’s Kevin Lee gets temporary suspension for positive test for banned stimulant
Kevin Lee has been suspended from competition by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) pending a resolution over his recent UFC fight against Daniel Rodriguez.
Lee tested positive for the amphetamine Adderall – a banned stimulant – in connection with his fight against Rodriguez on August 28 at UFC Vegas 35. An NAC spokesman confirmed Lee’s failed test with MMA Fighting on Wednesday. Lee received an extension of an already existing suspension at the NAC meeting Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Lee’s case is expected to be fully resolved at the next NAC meeting, tentatively scheduled for November 17th.
Lee released a statement on Wednesday about the failed test and apologized for “the lack of professionalism that led to this disappointment.” This statement can be read below.
In my last fight, I passed a test over the limit allowed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In 2018, I was diagnosed with ADHD in adults, and it always took its toll on me. I did not find a real cure for this diagnosis until 2020 when I was recovering from double knee surgery. The doctor prescribed Adderall for me to improve my mental health. I told USADA officials, but did not apply for a therapeutic use authorization from the NSAC prior to my last fight. For this, I sincerely apologize to the UFC, the commission, my opponent, Dana White, matchmakers, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, and the fans.
I never intended to gain a sports advantage. It was an attempt to overcome the intense anxiety that I suffer in silence every day. I work actively with the Nevada Athletic Commission and look forward to reaching an agreement on sanctions. I use this time to heal and become stronger. Sorry for my lack of professionalism that led to this disappointment, I will be back.
Chael Sonnen first reported Lee’s status on Tuesday.
Lee, 29, was defeated by unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 35 by Rodriguez, who promptly replaced Lee’s original opponent Sean Brady. The setback marked Lee’s fourth defeat in five fights.
A one-time contender for an interim UFC lightweight title, Lee won nine out of 10 UFC fights from July 2014 to June 2017 to fight until his recent recession.