Power Slap competitor Jon Kennedy receives 9-month suspension after testing positive for cocaine


Power Slap competitor Jon Kennedy now holds the dubious honor of becoming the first person suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission after returning a positive drug test following a competition.

Kennedy was officially suspended for 9 months by the commission after testing positive for cocaine following a slap-fighting competition held on Nov. 30, 2022. Cocaine is classified as a substance of abuse by the World Anti-Doping Agency and is banned in competition for all athletes.

As a result of his suspension, Kennedy will not be allowed to compete again until at least Aug. 30, 2023.

Kennedy will also have to pay a $150 fine along with $326 in prosecution fees.

The contest was taped, but Kennedy’s last appearance on Power Slap in February saw him lose to John Davis by TKO. Overall, Kennedy, whose nickname is “Slap Daddy,” boasts a 2-2 record according to the Power Slap website.

Prior to joining Power Slap, Kennedy fought in MMA where he compiled a 10-38 record while primarily competing in regional promotions like North Iowa Fights and Victory FC.

During the hearing the Nevada Athletic Commission approved minor changes to Power Slap’s rules in order for the promotion to move towards live events at UFC APEX Las Vegas in March.

“It seems like there’s a market for this, whether you like it or not,” Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Anthony Marnell said during the meeting. “It is unarmed combat so it fits the definition but it seems to me, it needs some further regulation.”

Power Slap was created and launched by Dana White (UFC president), currently airs on TBS Wednesday nights after AEW Dynamite HTML1.

Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2023/2/15/23601404/power-slap-competitor-jon-kennedy-receives-9-month-suspension-after-testing-positive-for-cocaine?rand=96749