It’s hard to imagine any Strikeforce veteran was more excited than lightweight Pat Healy when the UFC announced its intent to bring a number of the now defunct organization’s top competitors into the fold. Healy had worked his tail off for years to land the opportunity, putting together a 6-1 run under the Strikeforce banner and even seeing two title-shots fall apart due to matters outside of his control. So, when Healy picked up a hard-fought submission win over Jim Miller last month at UFC 159, it was easy to feel good for the grizzled grappler.
Unfortunately, Healy’s victory has since been tainted, as “Bam Bam” recently revealed he’d tested positive for marijuana use in relation to the match-up. As a result he has been suspended 90 days and the win was changed to a No Contest. It is likely he was fined too though no confirmation has been offered on that front.
“I stand behind the UFC and the state commission’s disciplinary actions. I support efforts to make MMA and sports a clean, safe and fair place to compete,” said Healy of the situation in a statement from his management. “First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge and take responsibility for my mistake. I made a very poor choice to socially use marijuana, and now I must face the consequences of that choice. I can assure you that I will do everything the UFC and state commission asks of me and beyond. I will also make a conscious effort to be a better role model within the MMA community.”
The 29-16 Healy’s win over Miller earned both Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night honors, landing the 29-year old more than $125,000 in bonus money. Both awards (and the cash) are likely subject to forfeit in the wake of this week’s news. Prior to the current situation he had never failed a drug test.