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UPDATED: Dave Herman Tests Positive for Marijuana, Pulled From UFC 136 Bout Against Mike Russow


(Come on. You’re telling me that’s not a pothead? / Photo via Sherdog)

Update: Herman only tested positive for marijuana. The report that originally stated he also tested positive for steroids came from a misinterpretation of his interview.

UFC heavyweight Dave Herman has confirmed that his scheduled UFC 136 main card bout against Mike Russow has been canceled, after his pre-fight drug tests came back positive for marijuana. Herman denies using the illegal substance. As he explained to Clinch Gear Radio:

I went in to get in my drug test (on Sept. 15), and a week later, they called me and told me they lost my urine specimen. I had to come in and redo it. That was last week. I went back in that day. And [on Wednesday], they told me I failed. I said, ‘That’s impossible.’…[now,] Texas said they never lost it and the first one [tested positive] for drugs and the second was for steroids. I don’t even smoke…I haven’t even had a beer in two months.”

To our knowledge, this is the first time that an MMA fighter has been flagged for performance enhancing drugs by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. We’ll update you when we learn more about Herman’s potential punishment for the botched test, and his inevitable appeal.

At this point, it doesn’t appear likely that the UFC will find a replacement opponent for Mike Russow, who’s a perfect 3-0 in the Octagon. UFC 136′s preliminary-card rematch between Leonard Garcia and Nam Phan has been promoted to the main card to fill the space. The current lineup for “Edgar vs. Maynard 3″ is below…

Main PPV Card
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard (for UFC lightweight championship)
Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian (for UFC featherweight championship)
Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann (MW)
Joe Lauzon vs. Melvin Guillard (LW)
Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan (FW)

Spike TV Prelims
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago (MW)
Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens (LW)

Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Joey Beltran vs. Stipe Miocic (HW)
Zhang Tie Quan vs. Darren Elkins (FW)
Aaron Simpson vs. Eric Schafer (MW)
Steve Cantwell vs. Mike Massenzio (MW)

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The Highest Primate- September 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm
It enhances the FUCK out of my Call Of Duty performance..
weioooo- September 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm
http://tinyurl.com/3ulbsty
KarmaAteMyCat- September 29, 2011 at 11:16 am
is your dude who is missing his foot from Vegas? I has a roommate when training at Xtreme couture who was missing half his foot and would drive to cali to get his medical...
frndlylion- September 29, 2011 at 10:35 am
"it may not be the most legal route but at least we aren’t blowing lines of Oxy’s and Hydros"

Thank God for that. Karma has a HUGE point. I also believe it is a safer alternative to prescription pain killers and should be fully legalized.
I know a guy who got his leg cut most of the way off. Even though they reattached it he will never walk without crutches or a cane. he is doing EXACTLY what Karma says. Crushing up his oxy's and snorting them. Its disgusting. Now another guy I know that is completely missing his foot uses medical cannabis. He is a MUCH more functional person.
omunto- September 29, 2011 at 9:37 am
Herman looks like a fat balding Joseph Gordon-Levitt
KarmaAteMyCat- September 29, 2011 at 9:16 am
A lot of fighters are plagued by injuries and to be realistic about it we train COMBAT SPORTS so to say injuries don't occur and what not is absurd I mean we all know they do. Thus weed is cheaper then pain killers and as fighters it may not be the most legal route but at least we aren't blowing lines of Oxy's and Hydros.. Just saying.
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noname- September 29, 2011 at 9:10 am
@skeletor

Pain exists outside of fights.
ExpectJesusBro- September 29, 2011 at 9:09 am
oh here we go, now the whole rooms gonna debate it, I'm out!
ExpectJesusBro- September 29, 2011 at 9:08 am
Does a solid nights sleep before a big test not garner you a better grade on said test? If you are relaxed do you not fall asleep faster?
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It's truthfully not worth debating with you skeletor, like I said before. It's an argument based mostly upon opinons, yours, mine, Dr. so-and-so's... I just don't care that much. you can think what you want, I was just trying to make you aware of the possiblities.
mDino- September 29, 2011 at 9:01 am
i live in canada and smoke bomb weed all the time. and let me tell you it does not enhance your performance. unless ur already a serious athlete like diaz, weed makes you lazy and sluggish in the morning, and unless u smoke it to practice jiu-jitsu like bravo, it sidetracks you. yes its great but not if you abuse it. smoking evry once in a while does relax and help u sleep
Gobbleston- September 29, 2011 at 8:54 am
Also possible: Weed never completely leaves the system, it stores in fat cells. If he lost weight while training, it could potentially arise in the test. He doesn't seem to deny the roids though. If only he used Kevin Randleman's fake weenus technique.
Gobbleston- September 29, 2011 at 8:49 am
If you wanted to dull pain, you could just pop some motrin pre-fight.
ExpectJesusBro- September 29, 2011 at 8:44 am
@Karma
pass the dutchie to the left hand side... homey.
skeletor- September 29, 2011 at 8:44 am
@ExpectJesusBro - Not arguing that, I said PERFORMANCE ENHANCER as they classify it now. Relaxing (slowing your reflexes), sleeping (no explanation necessary)will not enhance any athletic performance. Trust me when I say this, if you smoke enough weed to not feel a punch to the head or the pain from any kind of submission lock you will not be fighting or participating in any physical activities. You probably wouldn't even be able to walk to the cage under your own power at that point.
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Have you smoked enough weed to make any kind of arguments for marijuana being a performance enhancer?
KarmaAteMyCat- September 29, 2011 at 8:37 am
@ExpectJesusbro
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Couldn't agree more... I mean... hmm GANJA.. good stuff no matter what grade,
ExpectJesusBro- September 29, 2011 at 8:31 am
@skeletor
Not to get into a debate about it, it's not worth it, but, Ganja can be used as a relaxer, sleep aid, and pain reliever to name a few.
Gobbleston- September 29, 2011 at 8:29 am
God damnit!! I was really looking forward to that fight. Why are fighters I like to watch always beating wives and taking drugs!?!
@skeletor
No way man, regarding the inside pothead. Those commission guys are all super old conservative dudes that sit around passing judgment in every situation of their lives. Even at Denny's.
Viva Hate- September 29, 2011 at 8:26 am
Well look at the positive at least they didn't catch him in an adult theater like his namesake. It could always be worse.
skeletor- September 29, 2011 at 8:23 am
I don't mind if they suspend a fighter for weed if in fact they did it based based purely on the fact that it is an illegal substance. But for any commission to call it a performance enhancing drug is beyond retarded. You can't honestly tell me that on any of these commissions anywhere in the US they don't have one pot head that can bring this to their attention.
KarmaAteMyCat- September 29, 2011 at 8:18 am
*Early that week*
-Nick Diaz,GSP where chilling outside a Mcdonalds near the Texas Arena when they Saw Dave Herman-
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GSP: Hey Herman you should try some of this Dank sheeet that Mr.Nick Diaz hooked me up with.
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(Nick nods with squinty eyes)
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DH: Do you think it will be a bad mix for my PED's?
GSP: Nah man It has not messed with Mine. no bad side effects just a wicked HEAD HIGH MAN!
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(Nick nods again)
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DH: What the hell I haven't had a beer in two months I deserve a break, besides when I fight with Sengoku all I get to smoke is Bamboo.
GSP: Have you ever farted on a Japanese lady or Dry humped a Cagepotato interviewer?
DH: No why do you ask?
ND: Last time Rampage smoked with us he did just that and then took his truck on a free for all down the Las Vegas strip dude! HA!!!!
GSP: FUNNY SHEET MAN!
Fried Taco- September 29, 2011 at 8:08 am
Maybe someone in the lab switched the first sample with their buddy's so the buddy could get that job at Mickey D's.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- September 29, 2011 at 8:00 am
My CAPTCHA was poking smot.

I gotta admit, this does sound a lil' bit weird. you'd think he pee hot on both substances both times. Or show up hot for both on a least one of the two smaples.

I've really kinda chilled on jumping at steroid acusations at MMA fighters. Overeem peed clean (what?) I think that the much maligned Sean Sherk got a raw deal.
shitbag- September 29, 2011 at 7:59 am
Not that I believe his excuses, but Texas' commission is a fucking joke! It would not be surprising in the slightest if they mistakeningly tested cow piss instead of Herman's, especially with the whole "Oh, we lost it, wait no we didn't" thing, that smells like bullshit to me.

dringss crib yo!
ExpectJesusBro- September 29, 2011 at 7:50 am
and WTF does Poking smot have to do with drinking beer?
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side note: my captcha for this one is "meth double".
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