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Ed Herman Believes Jake Shields Tested Positive For Banned Performance Enhancing Drugs

(“Yeah, well you tested positive for gingervitis, so suck it.” Props: Tracy Lee/Cagewriter)

When Jake Shields tested positive for having a banned substance in his system during his UFC 150 fight against Ed Herman last August, we assumed that the no-no substance was of the weed variety. Given some of his training partners and friends, it made perfect sense.

Here’s the thing: The sanctioning body of that fight, the Colorado Boxing Commission, never specified which banned substance Shields tested positive for. But Herman, who Shields beat by decision before the fight was changed to a No Contest, isn’t buying the marijuana story.

“I think Colorado is one of the HIPAA privacy states where they weren’t allowed to release what he tested positive for. I’m pretty sure it was for some type of performance enhancing substance, just by looking at his physique going in to the fight,” Herman told Bloody Elbow recently.

A lil Mary Jane to relax before fighting another trained professional is one thing, according to Herman, because, you know, all the cool kids do it. But “Short Fuse” is coming right out and accusing Shields of being more ‘roid monkey than stoner kid in an apparent effort to discredit him.

“He looked pretty puffed up and exhibited the common signs. As an athlete, you can recognize those signs. I can’t guarantee it, but I’m pretty positive that it was for some kind of performance enhancing drug. If it really was for marijuana, it’s a lot easier for a guy to come right out and say, ‘I smoked a joint, sorry,’” Herman continued to narc.

Though his allegations lack hard evidence, Herman’s lay-logic does strike a common sense chord upon first hearing. If Shields had indeed only tested positive for marijuana, why not just come out and say that, since most fans don’t consider that a performance-enhancement or cheating?

That type of circumstantial vagueness is the stuff of witch trials, though. And besides, this writer isn’t so sure that any top-level fighter should be throwing stones in the banned substance glass house that most of them live in.

- Elias Cepeda

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macreadysshack- January 10, 2013 at 10:42 am
I have no doubt that Shields is juicing. It's pretty obvious once you know what to look for after years of training with guys on various substances (and trying a few out for one's self).
mmavacations- January 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm
Yaa fact that top level fighter should be...great post...
SethF- January 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm
My opinion (since no one asked): It's easy to accept a loss when you convince yourself your opponent was totally juicing beforehand. These comments are Exhibit A.
Mr_Misanthropy- January 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm
Ed Herman tested positive for a lack of natural crazy ginger aggression.
painvelasquez- January 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm
Changing the outcome of a match to a NC because the fighter sparked up a doobie is total bs. jake shields is just a good blanket so ed herman wants to assume it was steroids, well maybe just maybe ed herman is a weak lil bitch.. im just sayin..
Pen Fifteen- January 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm
Who is Ed Herman?
beef_kurtains- January 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Cesar Gracie getting knocked the F out in 20 seconds was one of MY favorite MMA moments of all time.
amsterdamheavy- January 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm
I didnt think it was weed, myself.
dipsetkilla316- January 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm
I hate shields, hate nick, Nates ok, but I FUCKING HATE CESAR GRACIE. I loved it wen shamrock put his bitch ass down in 20 secs
Fried Taco- January 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm
I pretty sure Shields just ate some brownies Nick Diaz gave him.