When Jake Shields fought as a middleweight in Strikeforce he excelled, picking up wins over names like Jason Miller, Robbie Lawler, and Dan Henderson, as well as the divisional title. The 33-year old Californian appeared to be poised to follow suit inside the Octagon after a few fights at 170 pounds, beefing back up for a match-up with streaking Ed Herman this past August and winning by way of Unanimous Decision.
However, last week Shields shocked the world by revealing he’d tested positive for a banned substance after the bout and had been suspended for six months. Though he didn’t provide any further details, including the actual drug found in his system, it looks like the talented grappler also paid a fine and had his victory overturned as is typically the case in similar circumstances.
According to a report from MMAFighting, Colorado’s regulatory board has deemed the bout to be a No Contest and is seeking $5,675 from Shields as punishment (a $5,000 flat fee, a $500 “additional surcharge”, and $175 for the cost of implementing the initial drug test). The entire sum must be paid before the end of October.
No specifics were offered as far as what Shields tested positive for in coordination with the athletic commission’s policy regarding individuals’ privacy.
Shields’ suspension runs out in February and he’s expected to fight shortly thereafter. Without the win over Herman, the 27-6-1 Shields is only 2-2 in the UFC with a pair of decisions and hasn’t finished an opponent in more than three years.
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