UFC heavyweight Dave Herman was refused a license to fight Mike Russow at next week's UFC 136 event, by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, due to a failed test for marijuana. Herman has not been suspended or sanctioned in any way, other than the refusal to license for UFC 136
In an interview today with MMAjunkie.com, Mike Russow sternly denied using marijuana.
But he admitted that he was recently around those who used the drug, which may have caused him to fail a pre-fight drug test requested by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
"Everybody out here kind of smokes," Herman said. "Marijuana is legal in California. Maybe it's just being in the same room. I don't know. I see people smoke every day."
"I like to go out and have fun, and when you're training for a fight, you can't go hang out with your friends at night. You've got to go home and sleep and try to recover for your next practice. But it gets kind of old and repetitive after a while. I need to start playing new video games, find some new hobbies."
Herman said he hasn't heard from the UFC since the denial, though he expects to fight again at a later date. Russow, meanwhile, will get the "show" portion of his fighter purse, according to manager Monte Cox.
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