Just because you’re fighting in a country with no commissioning body, it doesn’t mean that you do not have to adhere to the athletic commission regulation of banned substance. The UFC always test their fighters when they go to countries that do not have the implementation of commissions that test for themselves. For Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman it’s not the first time that either of them have been caught for using a banned substance in a fight.
Bonnar had first been popped when he fought Forrest Griffin for a second time at UFC 62. He was caught for Boldenone, which is a popular form of a steroid. He professed to use it to heal an injury to his foot that would have prevented him from the fight. This time he has been caught for another anabolic steroid (Drostanolone), and so far there has been no reason why he took it. This, for some, may tarnish his last fight, because win or lose to cheat you are always going to be a loser. Luckily for Bonnar he does not have to deal with a suspension as he is retired for good, and after a failed drug test it is a good thing in some people’s eyes.
This is the second time that Herman has been caught for the same substance. The previous failed test came prior to a proposed match-up with Mike Russow at UFC 136. The bout fell out as Herman’s pre-fight drug test came back positive for marijuana metabolites. While Herman was doing a solid for the company in taking a short notice fight against Brazilian legend Antonio Nogueira, he may still be released due to the failed test. After three straight losses where he was finished in each and now this fiasco, his career within the octagon may now be over.
Here’s the official statement from the UFC.
“Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman tested positive for banned substances following their bouts at UFC 153. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. Both fighters have admitted taking the banned substances and have orally agreed to suspensions. Once the suspensions have been reduced to written agreements, the results of their tests and the agreed upon suspensions will be sent to the Association of Boxing Commissions official record-keeper so other jurisdictions will be on notice.”