09 Apr, 2020

Journey Newson has UFC 247 win overturned to no contest

At UFC 247, Journey Newson added another win to his record – but it’s since been taken away.

UFC 247 took place Saturday, Feb. 8 at Toyota Center in Houston. According to a document posted by the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration, Newson’s first-round knockout of Domingo Pilarte has been overturned to a “no decision,” also referred to as a “no contest” by some commissions.

While no reasoning was listed in the official documentation, ESPN reported Wednesday a failed drug test is responsible for the overturned decision. According to the report, Newson’s manager, Jason House, says a positive marijuana test is to blame.

The victory at UFC 247 was Newson’s first with the promotion. The fight was even in the eyes of the oddsmakers, but Newson (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) made quick work of Pilarte, dispatching his fellow UFC sophomore in 38 seconds. The fight was Newson’s second with the promotion after losing a short-notice, unanimous decision to Ricardo Ramos in June 2019.

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