Recently retired light heavyweight Stephan
Bonnar has been suspended for one year due to his positive drug
test at UFC
Sherdog.com confirmed the development Tuesday with Marc Ratner, UFC
vice president of regulatory affairs.
Bonnar was flagged for drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, following
his Oct. 13 appearance at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Bonnar, 35,
headlined the event opposite longtime middleweight champion
Silva, who finished “The American Psycho” via first-round
technical knockout to close the evening’s pay-per-view
Should Bonnar decide to cut his retirement short, the American may
fight in the UFC no earlier than Oct. 13, 2013.
Heavyweight competitor Dave Herman
also failed his UFC 153 post-fight drug test. Herman was flagged
for marijuana metabolites and was defeated by returning veteran
Rodrigo Nogueira, who submitted Herman with an armbar late in
the second round.
While MMA is regulated in the United States by individual state
athletic commissions, Brazil still lacks a governing body to
perform those duties. As such, the UFC has served as its own
regulator in its recent trips to Brazil, including UFC 153. Ratner
told Sherdog that Herman’s suspension was to-be-determined and that
neither Herman nor Bonnar has been fined. According to a statement
recently released on UFC.com, both fighters have admitted to taking
banned substances and have agreed to suspensions.