Yesterday, BJPenn.com reported Forrest Griffin admitting to testing positive for Xanax at UFC 101.
Greg Sirb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission confirms Forrest Griffin tested positive. He was suspended for 30 days and all of the information was listed in the Association of Boxing Commissions database. Sirb states, Griffin followed through all the necessary protocols to satisfy their requirements after the drug test and suspension and revealed to MMA Weekly
“On August 8 of 2009 he got a suspension, he had to take a re-test, he got a fine, everything was satisfied and it states specifically in the database ‘must contact PA commission before next bout’.
It’s just how we list our drug tests. We have very strong HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws here just like the (Nate) Marquardt situation. I can’t make these public declarations, but he was clearly in the database the day he was suspended.”
Nate Marquardt tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and was forced off a UFC card set to be held in Pittsburgh. Marquardt was able to disclose the situation himself but the commission was unable to confirm the specifics of his case due to medical laws in some states prevent the athletic commissions from revealing sensitive information even something like drug test results.
Griffin’s suspension was lifted on Sept 7, his next scheduled bout where he faced Tito Ortiz at UFC 106 in November 2009.