Last month's UFC 153 event took place in Brazil, which is without an athletic commission. Regulatory duties were handled by former Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and current UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner.
All 24 fighters on the card were tested by an independent agency, for both recreational and performance enhancing drugs. Two failed the screen: Stephan Bonnar, who tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone, and Dave Herman, for marijuana metabolites.
Both fighters admitted to taking the banned substances.
On Tuesday, Ratner suspended Bonnar for a year, until Oct. 13, 2013. In announcing the suspension for Bonnar, Ratner said that Herman would be treated less harshly.
"We feel very strongly that there's a big difference between PEDs and marijuana," said Ratner. "We think the commissions do a good job with PEDs, but we think with marijuana there should be some form of rehab involved, going through that kind of process and learning about it."
Today Ratner announced how Herman's penalty.
The UFC has suspended the heavyweight Dave Herman for six months. Additionally, Herman has agreed to participate in an approved drug-rehabilitation program.
In addition to the suspension and rehabilitation program, Herman must have a clean drug test in order to fight once his suspension ends.
Herman's future with the UFC could be in jeopardy regardless of the failed test and suspension. The fighter, after opening his UFC career with a "Fight of the Night" win over John-Olav Einemo, has lost three straight – all by stoppage.
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