The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) suspended UFC fighter Jeff Molina, according to Molina’s page on mixedmartialarts.com.
ESPN was the first to report on the suspension. As per source:
“The reason for the suspension is not listed. A source with access to the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) internal database told ESPN that Molina’s suspension is marked as “uncategorized,” pending the NSAC’s next meeting. That meeting is scheduled for January.”
Molina is 25 years old and has been with the UFC since a successful stint on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020. He is 3-0 in UFC and has an MMA record consisting of 11 wins and 2 losses.
Molina was supposed to face Jimmy Flick on January 14th card in Las Vegas but withdrew from the contest.
He withdrew a day after UFC announced that they won’t be featuring any athletes training under James Krause. This was in fall out from the fight-fixing investigation that is still ongoing.
Molina might be familiar to a wider audience as one of the only UFC athletes that chose to promote UFC’s pride merch and even competed wearing it.
Besides that, he also provided a widely publicized rebuttal to an earlier James Krause scandal. Molina had replied to Megan Anderson’s accusations that Krause had inadequately coached and cornered her.
NSAC executive director Jeff Mullen said he could not comment on whether Molina was suspended “until the meeting support material is released.”
Molina did not respond to a request for comment from ESPN on Friday.
The timing of this press release is very suspect. In true Hollywood fashion, the news of his suspension arrived overnight. This definitely speaks lengths. UFC definitely wants to distance themselves from the scandal and snuff it out.
Molina was featured in some of Krause’s picks and allegedly went on a different podcast where he shared how Krause was tutoring him on the art of MMA betting. Some 1% discord fans say that one of Molina’s early bouts was featured in the picks however they’re quick to point out that there was no suspicious line movement in any of his bouts.