UFC heavyweight Dave Herman
has been suspended for six months following his positive drug test
153 last month.
The 28-year-old must also complete an approved drug rehabilitation
program and produce a clean test before he is allowed to compete
again in the Octagon, Sherdog.com confirmed Thursday evening with
UFC executive Marc Ratner.
Herman, 28, was flagged for marijuana metabolites following a
second-round submission defeat to Antonio
Rodrigo Nogueira at the Oct. 13 event in Rio de Janeiro. As
Brazil does not have an athletic commission to oversee MMA events,
the UFC acted as its own regulatory body.
UFC 153 main eventer and recent light heavyweight retiree Stephan
Bonnar was also caught using a banned substance, testing
positive for Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid. “The American
Psycho” was suspended for one year. Both Herman and Bonnar admitted
to using the respective substances, according to an official
release from the UFC.
The positive tests represent the second time this has happened to
both fighters. Herman was previously prevented from competing last
year at UFC 136 when a pre-fight drug test was flagged for
marijuana by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. In
2006, Bonnar was suspended for nine months by the Nevada Athletic
Commission after testing positive for Boldenone, another anabolic
steroid, at UFC 62.
Herman has lost three straight fights, kicking off 2012 with a
February defeat to lanky Dutchman Stefan
Struve before suffering a 51-second knockout at the hands of
the hard-hitting Roy Nelson
three months later at UFC 146. Herman’s October defeat to Nogueira
marked the first submission loss of his career and his fifth
overall setback since turning pro in 2006. The heavyweight has gone
the distance just one in his 26-fight career and owns 15 wins by
way of knockout.