Pat Healy has reportedly had his thrilling, UFC 159 victory over Jim Miller overturned to a no-contest and will forfeit his winning, “Fight of the Night” and “Submission of the Night” bonuses as well, due to testing positive for marijuana. The memorable bout took place on April 27th in Newark, New Jersey.
Although the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board does not disclose the names of fighters who have tested positive for a banned substance, Healy released a statement apologizing for his actions.
“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. I was fully aware of the UFC and State Commissions 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.”
“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 UFC has not made any formal announcement regarding Healy’s positive test, which has also landed him a 90 day suspension.
According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, Sports Lab trainer Phil Claud says Healy told him that he smoked marijuana with “old friends”, approximately one month before the bout.
The 29 year-old fighter worked his way to the top of the Strikeforce lightweight division by winning six straight fights, and returned to the Octagon at UFC 159 for the first time since 2006.
Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports