Brazilian flyweight Carlos Mota was cut by the UFC a day after the Nevada Athletic Commission handed him a two-year suspension following a positive test for a banned substance, multiple people with knowledge of the situation told MMA Fighting.
The former LFA 125-pound titleholder lost his short-notice octagon debut to Cody Durden via unanimous decision in October 2022. Post-fight, his test was positive for meldonium (an anti-ischemic drug that is part of the metabolic modulators).
Mota is suspended until Oct. 29, 2024, and was also fined $2,400 fine. The Brazilian fighter will also have to pay $448. 25 for prosecutor’s fees.
Cody Durden, prior to Mota being released, reacted on social media to news about his two-year suspended from the network. He called it “harsh” and referred to it as a call made by the Nevada Commission.
“How could they have come up with two long years?” Durden said. “That’s harsh. Let the man have some fun. One year suffice IMO .”
How did they come up with two years? That’s harsh. Give the man some slack. One year would suffice IMO. https://t.co/c9H9h2j6PZ
— Cody Durden (@Cody_Durden) February 15, 2023