Despite their past transgressions for similar matters, a number of fans have remained in denial about the drug-related suspensions of UFC 153 competitors Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman. Herman tested positive for marijuana metabolites after the fight, though had denied smoking pot in the past surrounding a similar situation, while Bonnar was popped for PEDs for the second time in his career but had a ton of good faith on his side after stepping up to face Anderson Silva on short notice.
However, it looks like any hope the results each returned were errant has gone out the window, as the UFC recently released a statement making it clear both men have confessed their guilt to organizational officials.
“Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman tested positive for banned substances following their bouts at UFC 153. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. Both fighters have admitted taking the banned substances and have orally agreed to suspensions. Once the suspensions have been reduced to written agreements, the results of their tests and the agreed upon suspensions will be sent to the Association of Boxing Commissions official record-keeper so other jurisdictions will be on notice.”
Ultimately, the length of Bonnar’s suspension isn’t relevant, as “The American Psycho” announced his retirement from MMA last week (a curious coincidence to say the least). Meanwhile, Herman could miss up to a year if the UFC opts to dish out a suspension akin to one issued by a standard athletic commission. Coupled with Herman suffering a third straight loss in the Octagon, the offense might also lead to the 28-year old’s release from the organization.
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