31-Year-Old Other Featherweight 18-4
October 15, 2017 Kurt Holobaugh News
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Holobaugh received a nine-month suspension after using a pre-fight IV at DWTNCS, but he and his management team are looking to appeal the suspension, Damian Martin of MMAWeekly.com reports.
Holobaugh stated he didn't know he was under USADA regulations during his fight with Matt Bessette, during which he used a 2,000 mL pre-fight IV, but claimed full responsibility. However, his management team states that it was miscommunication that led to the use of the IV. Holobaugh's manager Bryan Hamper explained that the fighter didn't understand Nevada's rules and didn't have any intention of cheating the system. Holobaugh claims he complied with procedures and willfully acknowledged his pre-screening form with the USADA. Whether they will see the IV use as an education error or not is yet to be seen and the investigation will continue.
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Fantasy AnalysisHolobaugh was set to make his return to the UFC after scoring a win at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, but has been suspended instead. Prior to the fight at DWTNCS, he used a pre-fight IV, which isn't allowed with over 50 mL of fluid per a six-hour period for both in- and out-of-competition use unless it's "administered during a clinical investigation, hospital visit or surgical procedure" -- as is code under the World Ant-Doping Agency that the NAC adheres to. Holobaugh used 2,000 mL of fluid after weigh-ins and states he didn't know he was competing under the USADA's jurisdiction but claims full responsibility. As a result, Holobaugh will be forced to sit out until April 11, 2018, after which time he will have to submit a clean drug test to fight again in Nevada. His knockout win over Matt Bessette has been changed to a no contest and he will be forced to pay a $750 fine or 15 percent of his $5,000 purse from the event.