UFC lightweight and recent Strikeforce import, Pat ‘Bam Bam’ Healy has failed his post-fight drug test for marijuana and will forfeit his bonus money which adds up to $130,000. Healy won both ‘Fight of the Night’ and ‘Submission of the Night’ in his third round victory over Jim Miller on April 27th at UFC 159.
Healy’s management team, Iridium Sports Agency revealed to MMAWeekly.com that he had failed his test and will have his win changed from a win to a No Contest.
Healy also came out with a prepared statement apologizing to the UFC and his fans for the failed test:
“I would like to start off by apologizing to the UFC, Jim Miller, the MMA community, it’s fans, my family, teammates and coaches for my positive testing for marijuana after my UFC 159 fight with Jim Miller,”
This test surely mars a great performance but one has to point out that marijuana being used as a performance enhancing supplement is more of an opinion and was seemingly done well prior to his fight. This offense though punishable, seems to carry less sting than if he were caught using either unregulated testosterone or some type of steroid. Still, the punishment fits a ‘crime’ that is clearly stated as prohibited:
“I was fully aware of the UFC and State Commission’s drug policies and made poor life choices. 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.”
Healy now faces a 90-day suspension for the failed test.
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