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    Default Pat Healy releases statement admitting positive test for marijuana post UFC 159

    UFC lightweight Pat Healy (30-16 MMA, 1-0 UFC) today issued a statement to MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps) in which he apologized for testing positive for marijuana following an upset win over Jim Miller (22-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) at UFC 159.

    The UFC declined to comment on the matter, and the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which oversaw the event, does not release the names of those that test positive for banned substances following an event. But a Healy representative told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter was suspended for 90 days by the commission and his win will be overturned to a no contest.

    In his statement, Healy took full responsibility for the positive test.

    "I would like to start off by apologizing to the UFC, Jim Miller, the MMA community, its fans, my family, teammates and coaches for my positive testing for marijuana after my UFC 159 fight with Jim Miller," he stated. "I was fully aware of the UFC and state commission's drug policies and made poor life choices.

    "I stand behind the UFC and state commission's disciplinary actions. I support efforts to make MMA (and sports) a clean, safe and fair place to compete.

    "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 make a conscious effort to be a better role model within the MMA community."

    Repeated attempts to contact the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board were unsuccessful. But Phil Claud, Healy's trainer at Sports Lab in Portland, said the fighter was notified on Saturday by the New Jersey commission about his suspension and win being overturned.

    "I've been coaching for a long time, and I've never had an athlete test positive on any level," said Claud. "I have to do a lot of soul searching on my side. It affects me personally and every athlete at Sports Lab. But I believe Pat made a mistake. I believe we beat one of the best fighters in the UFC; I don't believe the marijuana had any influence on the result of the bout. At the end of the day, I believe in Pat. I'm going to follow my gut and continue to support him."

    Claud said Healy told him that he used the drug one month prior to the bout while spending time with old friends.

    Healy, 29, submitted Miller in the third round of their bout, which served on the pay-per-view main-card of the event. UFC 159 took place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The impressive performance won him dual bonuses for "Fight of the Night" and "Submission of the Night," which put another $130,000 in disclosed pay in his pocket.

    The UFC recently changed its policy to withhold fight-night bonuses until drug testing results are released, so it's possible Healy's bonus could be taken back.

    It was Healy's seventh consecutive win, as well, and followed a successful run in the now-defunct Strikeforce.

    Mike Constantino, Miller's manager, declined comment until the UFC confirms the suspension.
    Sucks for Healy. Hard to believe that smoaking weed is going to cost him 130,000 dollars....

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    Ouch! that really sucks for Pat, I hope Dana shows some mercy and sneeks him a few bucks under the radar since Healy wont be getting that official FOTN/sub bonus money or even that 5k contractual win bonus.

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    what a dick .. now jim miller has to live with the fact that a pot head beat him

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    Well shit.

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    But one can utilize hormonal therapy which has effect on the athlete while they're competing. Yes, yes I know that this plant is illegal and though I'm all for the proper use of TRT it is just crazy how illogical this stance is umongst atheletic commissions.

    It should also be mentioned that Pat used horrible judgement in smoking cannabis during the timespan when he was training for a professional fight. Do that shat after your competition! However, it's not like the man committed some crazy foul. I'm sure he'll be okay with Dana and co.

    On a side note: Did Miller look like he was out of shape for that fight or what?




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    I like that he took responsibility.

    He knew the consequences going in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _DCdoctr_ View Post
    But one can utilize hormonal therapy which has effect on the athlete while they're competing. Yes, yes I know that this plant is illegal and though I'm all for the proper use of TRT it is just crazy how illogical this stance is umongst atheletic commissions.


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    A plant they will take you away from your family and lock you in a cage over.... Must be one scary plant.

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    I like that he took responsibility.

    He knew the consequences going in.

    I agree.

    Not your typical pot head. I kid, I kid, my fellow smokers.
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    Dumbass
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    Quote Originally Posted by _DCdoctr_ View Post
    Yes, yes I know that this plant is illegal and though I'm all for the proper use of TRT it is just crazy how illogical this stance is umongst atheletic commissions.
    As of yet no-one that we know of has taken an actual doctors prescription to a commission for weed just as one would for TRT.

    What a dumbass mistake. Seriously you know you have a fight coming up. Seriously! It was a great fight and hopefully he makes better decisions in the future.

    I am, however, with the "atleast he's stepping up and admitting it" crowd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _DCdoctr_ View Post
    On a side note: Did Miller look like he was out of shape for that fight or what?
    Physically, he looked like he was in fine shape from what I recall but he did seem to tire. I chalked that up to him fighting a larger man with equally good grappling, but who knows.

    The biggest thing I noticed was that he seemed to leave the gameplan/not adjust. Miller was winning the standup with distance and then moved into a grappling game where he was losing and couldn't keep his energy up. I still think he could have kept that as a standup fight and won. But, then again, I'm a biased Miller fan.

    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJack View Post
    I like that he took responsibility.

    He knew the consequences going in.
    Agreed, I really respect his ownership of this.

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