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Pat Healy Tests Positive for Marijuana After UFC 159, Stripped of Win Over Jim Miller and $135,000 in Bonuses [UPDATED]

(Short version: We’re going to pretend this fight never happened, just like we’re going to pretend marijuana is a performance-enhancing drug. / Photo via

The greatest night of Pat Healy‘s career has been retroactively changed to some old bullshit. Following his fantastic rear-naked choke victory over Jim Miller last month at UFC 159 — which earned Healy Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night awards totaling $130,000 — “Bam Bam” failed his drug test, coming up positive for marijuana. As a result, Healy’s win has been changed to a no-contest, he’s been suspended from competition from 90 days, and he’s being forced to return the aforementioned $130k in bonus money and his $5,000 win bonus.

Healy confirmed the news in an official statement:

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 Commission’s 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.”

Healy joins Matt RiddleAlex Caceres, and Robbie Peralta in the growing list of UFC fighters who have been busted for marijuana this year. But Healy’s fine/suspension/no-contest is especially tough to swallow; you just hate to see a guy work so hard in this sport for so long, and have it all taken away the moment he finally cashes in. Obviously, Healy deserves a good deal of the blame here for a truly boneheaded personal decision. But it’s absurd that smoking weed essentially carries the same penalties for MMA fighters as steroids.

Does anybody want to start a Kickstarter account so Healy can get some of that money back? I mean, as long as he promises not to buy weed with it…

UPDATE: Healy’s Submission of the Night bonus will now go to Bryan Caraway, the guy who campaigned for the bonuses to be raised from $50,000 in the first place. Nice work, Bryan.

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cman- May 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm
Bath houses of the new millennium for sure Mr...
Mr_Misanthropy- May 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm
Somebody needs to be running over farmer's markets with cement mixers. Those goddamn organic granola juice hippy havens are hotbeds for radical idealism, scabies, and unprotected sexual intercourse between hirsute hygienically challenged herpes infested halfwit mongoloid heathens. They need to be sterilized and stomped out at the source before their filthy produce and slovenly patchouli drenched dread locks over run the streets of this fair country.
J.Jones- May 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm
@Pen - Just go with me here for a second...If that cement truck driver worked for a major cement producer (say LaFarge North America) and fell asleep behind the wheel, crashed into said farmer's market, THEN tested positive for marijuana because he smoked a joint four days prior, the negligence lawsuits alone would put him out at least 130k. Hypothetically speaking. Not to mention the probable jail time, which would cost the taxpayers...

...I'll see myself out...
Pen Fifteen- May 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm
I'm pretty sure I don't know any cement mixers for whom pissing hot one time means a loss of $130k in income. Never mind you're conflating the difference in drug testing between professions, i.e. fighters get tested as a matter of creating a level competition environment, whereas drug testing for the average joe is a matter of liability (imagine some dude driving a cement truck while on PCP and running over a farmer's market).

And if you would honestly claim that fighting is easier than a 9-5 that guarantees a study paycheck, you must be crazy. Healy made $5k for a fight he spent 4 months prepping for. Do you have any idea what kind of hourly wage that would compute to?
Mr_Misanthropy- May 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm
Jesus! You see what God just did to us, man?

God didn't do that, you did it. You're a fucking narcotics agent, I knew it! That was our bonus money, you fucking pig swine whore...
crappiefloper- May 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm
Are you absolutely shitting me?! WTF is wrong with these guys, you KNOW your gonna get tested. Now pat was a man about it to be sure, and that is a respectable thing. But Damn, just Damn man.
SethF- May 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm
I'm not offended that Pat would smoke. I'm offended that he hasn't figured out how to pass a drug test.
cman- May 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Pen, seriously? the stress of spending all day in the gym and doing what half here does on a Friday night in a bar, and spends his days doing what the other half do to relieve stress..... Sorry but pro athletes whining about stress can suck your bag of dicks.
I have a job, I get high, and get caught, I get fired. He just had to give back a paycheck. see a counselor, get some perspective. Assuming a cement mixer or waiter or clerk has less stress is ignorant.
Gener- May 15, 2013 at 9:57 am
I bet Dana is going to still (unofficially) pay him... or maybe I just hope he is...
Alan K- May 15, 2013 at 9:21 am
The rules are incredibly harsh and unfair but those are the rules and he knew what they were before he fought so this is all on Bam Bam.
jcv1986- May 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
That is some terrible news, it's almost legal . They have to do something about this. Everyone smokes weed now a days. It is not like weed gives u super human strength , it slow u down. For all we know he spent some time in Washington or Colorado .... Second hand smoke . Haha...
algiersheadkick504- May 15, 2013 at 8:45 am
Invest the money he can keep and buy a p and start from stratch
Dagnut- May 15, 2013 at 8:13 am
Damn I'm pissed off at Pat Healy for this..what a clown..feel for the dude ...thats food off the table...he will struggle now
The12ozCurls- May 15, 2013 at 8:12 am
Dave's not here maaaan.
Pen Fifteen- May 15, 2013 at 7:39 am
Amsterdam, go eat a bag of dicks you sanctimonious prick. I'm sure you pissing clean for your job as a concrete mixer is really comparable to the stress Pat Healy faces for his job as a world-ranked cage fighter.

Given that Healy was busted for something that has fuck-all to do with his fight, and that $135k is going straight back into the UFC's coffers, anyone who doesn't have sympathy for the dude is a fucking asshole.
dipsetkilla316- May 15, 2013 at 7:33 am
Wow 130k down the drain, and the biggest win of his life dosent count that blows big monkey dick.
Imnotamoose- May 15, 2013 at 7:33 am
Anyone who thinks weed is not a performance enhancing drug never smoked some green and played Call of Duty until the sun comes up. Cartoons are better, masturbating is better, music is better and just sitting around doing jack shit is waaaay better when your stoned.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- May 15, 2013 at 7:28 am
Weed isn't dangerous it's illegal
Shifty-Eyed Dog- May 15, 2013 at 6:42 am
whether or not you agree with the rule, it IS a rule, and the fighters know this and agree to it. he broke the rule, he pays the price. deal with it.
smellypiratehooker- May 15, 2013 at 6:22 am
See, this shit wouldn't be happening in WAR MMA.
SnakeJake- May 15, 2013 at 5:41 am
Wow. That is harsh. But still only a 90 day suspension. We know people who've had 4 times that.
amsterdamheavy- May 15, 2013 at 5:41 am
I have to say, that as a daily/chronic user for the last 25 years, the "weed rule" is absolute bullshit.

That being said, you know there a chance youre going to be tested, so you are a fucking idiot if you fail. I have never failed a drug test. Why? Because I have educated myself about what I put into my body and how long it stays there as well as the ways to shorten the time those substances stay there.

While this is fucked up because of "the rules" I have not an ounce of sympathy for Pat Healy. He is a fucking idiot.