Before you even go there, no, Ambien is not a banned substance. At least not to our knowledge. But the truth is, not much has been revealed in the few hours since it was made public that Jake Shields was just suspended for six months after testing positive for a banned substance in his UFC 150 post-fight drug test. The situation is a bit bizarre to say the least, with no details currently available as to the alleged substance that Shields was busted for, or why it took two months for this test to be made public, or when the suspension was handed out. All that we know is that Shields’ has already released a statement apologizing for actions:
To my friends, fans and the UFC,
Prior to my professional bout at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado, I used a substance prohibited by Colorado Boxing Commission rules.
This was a mistake that I fully regret. I have shared this issue with my family and the UFC and I have apologized to them and now I also apologize to you, the fans. I promise this will never occur again in my fighting career.
I accept the Boxing Commission’s decision for a six-month suspension, which will expire in February. I ask that you accept my apology. I will be back fighting soon, and hope that the fans of MMA will support me until that time.
Given Shields’ training partners, one might assume that the substance Shields was busted for would be of the herbal variety. You know, the sticky icky. Feeling irie on fight night, mon. Nawmsayin? Anyone?
Pot. I’m guessing Shields partook in a little of the doobage. Thanks for making me spell it out.
If you recall, Shields’ UFC 150 unanimous decision win over Ed Herman was his first fight at middleweight in nearly two years, so the likelihood of a diuretic being responsible for the test should be relatively low. Unless Shields decided to hop on the TRT bandwagon without informing the UFC (which, honestly, is a very possible scenario), all roads lead to Mary Jane here. Think about it, you’ve all been at a party where someone partook in stuff he/she clearly never normally do just to try and impress his/her friends. And peer pressure is a real bitch when your friends are two incoherent, ass-kicking, pothead delinquents like the Diaz brothers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
We will have more on this story as details become available (and I stop rambling about the perils of youth). In the meantime, I can only offer Shields and you readers this one bit of advice.
Happy Friday, Potato Nation. Always remember to pass to the left. OK, that’s my last bit of advice.
Well, this should come as no surprise. Although we are still being left in the dark as to the substance that Shields tested positive for, he has been fined $5,675 and his UFC 150 win over Ed Herman has been overturned to a No-Contest.