UFC heavyweight Dave Herman
has been cleared to return to competition after recently passing a
mandatory drug test.
Sherdog.com on Wednesday confirmed the news with UFC executive Marc
Ratner, who also verified that Herman completed a required drug
rehabilitation program. MMAJunkie.com first passed along
word of Herman’s reinstatement on Tuesday evening.
Herman was suspended for six months last fall after testing
positive for marijuana metabolites following a second-round
submission defeat to Antonio
Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 153.
Herman’s flagged test marked the second such occurrence for the
heavyweight, who also tested positive for marijuana metabolites in
a pre-fight drug screen ahead of UFC 136, resulting in the
cancellation of a planned bout with Mike Russow.
While Herman denied use of the drug in the first instance, he
admitted using the substance after his UFC 153 test was flagged and
accepted the UFC’s six-month suspension.
Herman, 28, does not currently have a fight booked. The Hoosier
began his career with 21 victories in his first 23 outings, capping
that stretch with a successful UFC debut against Norwegian
submission ace John Olav
Einemo. However, the heavyweight has stumbled in his last three
contests, as Herman suffered knockout defeats to Stefan
Struve and Roy Nelson
before succumbing to a “Minotauro” armbar this past October.