Yet another fighter has tested positive for some sort of drug after a fight. This time Jake Shields is the culprit, testing positive for a banned substance after his fight with Ed Herman at UFC 150.
Shields has been suspended for six months by the Colorado Office of Boxing, and released the news via his management team Authentic Sports Management. The health laws in Colorado will not allow the commission to release the drug test results, but according to Shields’s statement, he took a “prohibited substance,” though he didn’t give any details to what it could be.
“Prior to my professional bout at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado, I used a substance prohibited by Colorado Boxing Commission rules.
This was a mistake that I fully regret. I have shared this issue with my family and the UFC and I have apologized to them and now I also apologize to you, the fans. I promise this will never occur again in my fighting career.
I accept the Boxing Commission’s decision for a six-month suspension, which will expire in February. I ask that you accept my apology. I will be back fighting soon, and hope that the fans of MMA will support me until that time.”
With the length of this suspension, Shields should be eligible to be back fighting around February of 2013.