Healy fails post UFC 159 drug test; loses $130,000

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Today it was revealed that UFC lightweight Pat Healy failed his post-fight drug test from UFC 159, testing positive for marijuana metabolites. Healy impressively finished top ranked Jim Miller in his UFC debut after moving over to the UFC from Strikeforce.

Healy today issued a statement courtesy of his management group:

“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.”

What’s even worse for Healy is that Zuffa has implemented a knew procedure to hold any bonuses paid until after fighters have passed drug tests. Healy earned both the fight of the night and submission of the night bonus against Jim Miller and now likely will not receive those bonus checks.