UFC welterweight Kevin Lee and the Nevada Athletic Commission have struck a deal.
During the NAC’s monthly conference call on Wednesday, Lee (18-7 MMA, 11-7 UFC) was sentenced to a six-month suspension and fined $ 19,526 as punishment for a positive amphetamine drug test resulting from his August 28 loss to Daniel Rodriguez in Las Vegas. Lee will be eligible to return to competition on February 28, 2022.
According to the rules of the CNA, such a violation would result in a suspension of 9 to 24 months. However, due to the circumstances of Lee’s case and his cooperation in the case, a lesser stay was recommended and a settlement agreement reached.
After his first hearing last month, Lee revealed in an Instagram post deleted since managing adult ADHD through medication, which he said tested positive. He also apologized for not disclosing its use to the NAC.
âI tested beyond the limit allowed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in my last fight,â Lee wrote. âIn 2018, I was diagnosed with ADHD in adults, it has always affected me. I didn’t find a real treatment for the diagnosis until 2020, when I was recovering from my double knee surgeries. A doctor prescribed Adderall for me to improve my mental health. I spoke to USADA officials about it, but I didn’t apply for a Therapeutic Use Clearance from NSAC until my last fight. For that, I sincerely apologize to the UFC, the commission, my opponent, Dana White, matchmakers, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, and the fans.
âI never intended to gain an athletic advantage. It was an attempt to overcome the severe anxiety I suffer from in silence on a daily basis. I am actively cooperating with the Nevada Athletic Commission and hope to come to an agreement on a sanction. I will use this time to heal and come back stronger. Sorry for my lack of professionalism which led to this disappointment, I will be back. â
Lee, 29, followed her initial statement with another message on Instagram the same day. âI’ve been embarrassed for the past few weeks since I knew this news was going to come out,â Lee wrote. âI have always known that my brain works differently from others and I have tried to hide it all my life.
He continued to talk about his struggles with sobriety outside of battle camps. The statement was accompanied by a video of him washing prescription pills in the sink, which served as a marker of self-responsibility. âI have to be sober and connected with God,â Lee said.
Lee has lost four of his last five outings as he rebounded between lightweight and welterweight. It is not known in what weight class he will make his comeback, but he will need to be cleared by the NAC before doing so.