Dave Herman says UFC 136 scratch due to failed drug test for marijuana, steroids

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Budgellism
9/29/11 8:25:49AM
A failed pre-fight drug test is the reason Dave Herman was scratched from next week's UFC 136 event.

As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Wednesday, UFC officials announced that a heavyweight bout between Herman (21-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Mike Russow (14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) had been pulled from the Oct. 8 card, which takes place at Houston's Toyota Center.

Herman subsequently told Clinch Gear Radio that failed drug tests due to marijuana and steroids are to blame, though he denies usage.

UFC officials didn't initially cite a reason for Herman's removal from UFC 136's pay-per-view main card.

"Basically, I failed my drug test," Herman, who's now training with Team Quest, told the radio show. "I went in to get in my drug test (on Sept. 15), and a week later, they called me and told me they lost my urine specimen. I had to come in and redo it. That was last week. I went back in that day. And [on Wednesday], they told me I failed.

"I said, 'That's impossible.'"

Herman said he's getting conflicting stories from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the state's MMA regulatory body. Now, Herman said, they're claiming the first sample wasn't lost.

"Texas said they never lost it and the first one [tested positive] for drugs and the second was for steroids," he said. "I don't even smoke. ... I haven't even had a beer in two month."

Herman never previously has failed a drug test administered before or after an MMA event.

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gartface
9/29/11 8:33:10AM
This whole thing stinks to me.
emfleek
9/29/11 9:42:33AM

Posted by gartface

This whole thing stinks to me.



Agreed. I'll need to wait until more details emerge to form an opinion, though.

In the meantime...this sucks. I've been looking forward to Herman fighting again.
Bythar
9/29/11 10:46:03AM
While there seems to have been confusion as to the collection of the samples, and one being lost for a while - he pissed hot in both. Not sure how a slight mix up makes that not be the fact of the matter.
prophecy033
9/29/11 10:55:58AM
The Bud explains why he couldn't stop smiling in his last fight
NE-1
9/29/11 12:49:59PM

Posted by gartface

This whole thing stinks to me.





That's just Herman's doobie
kingsmasher
9/29/11 12:51:26PM
Steroids in MMA!!! i dont believe that!!! I loved Herman!!!

Weeds ok but jeez cant he just get a medical script...I hvae no doubts theres prolly a bunch of pple with one in MMA but its never brought up in there wee test cause they do have a script...
Chael_Sonnen
9/29/11 3:04:57PM
grappler0000
9/30/11 10:42:53AM

Posted by kingsmasher

Steroids in MMA!!! i dont believe that!!! I loved Herman!!!

Weeds ok but jeez cant he just get a medical script...I hvae no doubts theres prolly a bunch of pple with one in MMA but its never brought up in there wee test cause they do have a script...



Having a script does not make it legal to use in MMA. Any substance on the ban list cannot be used under any circumstances without an exception being granted by the commission...which is very rare. And even then, it would really only be good for random testing, since their levels would be expected to be order come fight time.
emfleek
9/30/11 10:48:05AM
FYI - the steroids accusation was a rumor. Herman did *not* test positive for PED's.
Sam_Rothstein
10/1/11 2:57:45PM
One of the many reasons why weed needs to be legalized. Its cool for Tank Abbot to show up to a fight drunk but if a fighter smokes a doobie within a month of the fight hes SOL.

Would of been nice to see him fight again.
Kpro
10/2/11 2:22:09AM
Weak. I'd like to hear more on his levels for his positive for pot (that was supposedly lost and then found) since his second test came back negative when testing for steroids.
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