Pat Healy Admits to Positive UFC 159 Drug Test

May 14, 2013
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Pat Healy - StrikeforcePat Healy on Tuesday revealed that he tested positive for marijuana following his UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen victory over Jim Miller on April 27 in New Jersey.

Healy’s representatives at Iridium Sports Agency informed that the Healy vs. Miller result has been changed to a no contest, and that Healy has been handed a 90-day suspension.

“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,” Healy said in a prepared statement.

“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 and Miller fought a back-and-forth, high paced fight with Healy submitting Miller late in the third round. They were awarded Fight of the Night honors, and Healy was awarded the Submission of the Night bonus.

The New Jersey Athletic Control Board declined to comment. The UFC had yet to comment at the time of publication.

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  • Jason Decipher

    Wow it a performance enhancer! Haha just ask Duane Ludwig. I’m hoping Nick Diaz will let me fight in his new organization once it comes to fruition. I’m already a California resident with a valid medical marijuana license

  • He’s no one to apologize to. He NEEDS apologized to.

    The guy has adults playing with his pee, not liking that he ingested natural non toxic, non performance enhancing herb with all the addictive potential and every bit as natural as coffee, up to 60 days ago on his own time.

    Must keep him safe from marijuana so he can get his brains beat out in the ring safely. SO let’s destroy his life over this joint shall we? That will protect him and others.

    Salvador Dali could not of written a better script. Poor guy.

    • Larry Yadao

      They are stupid rules, and IMO they are too hard on weed users, but they are rules and you have to follow them. Just as Craig said, there are rules that certain jobs have, and if you TAKE that job, you AGREE to those rules.. You break them, you get fired. End of story. No buts about it..

      You think someone in retail enjoys apologizing and putting on a fake smile because some person is yelling at them about a price they think is wrong? It’s wrong that the guy in retail can’t stand up for himself, but he’s not going to tell the jerk off because the jerk is getting out of line..

      If you go to ANY job and do what you want, then you’ll be standing in the unemployment line a lot. Bottom line: No marijuana in your blood or you get in trouble, if you are in MMA/UFC, you gotta do it.

  • TW

    What unbelievable BS. I feel so bad for this kid. He fought like a warrior and now has to deal with this ridiculousness. How long will this madness continue?

  • Craig

    Let’s be real, though.

    He signed a contract with the UFC for a fight knowing it would be regulated by AC’s. He’d have to be acutely aware of what a positive test would result in.

    If I went to work and they tested me and it came up for weed, I’d get fired. It’s the real world guys, just because it’s a semi-natural drug doesn’t mean it’s not a banned thing.

    I don’t believe it should be banned, but it is for now and you’d be an idiot to get high when you have an active fight contract,

  • tour

    I don’t agree with mj being illegal, for athletic commissions nor as a law in general. With that out of the way, Pat has been awesome lately. Beating Miller was very impressive. Taking responsibility and manning up was just as impressive. I wish other people could man up to their mistakes like this guy did. No blaming other people, no whining, just pure class. You’ve got me as a fan Pat, whenever you come back I’m buying that card.

    • Lucas Freire

      As much as I enjoyed his fight I don’t think he’s any better for “manning” up.
      I mean,what the hell? You are hired by the organization and you KNOW that Marijuana is illegal,what you do? Don’t use marijuana.
      Doesn’t matter if you used and admited that you used AFTER you did a test that proved positive. lol

  • Timothy Malone

    He should be stripped of his bonuses as well (over $100,000). I dont care about how appropriate the rules about marijuana are, they are the current rules until someone gets them changed and I am tired of watching No Contests. People don’t seem to be getting the message and it’s only a matter of time until one of the champions gets beat only for it to be by someone who was smoking and we end up with a really dumb situation.

    • Maddawgmar

      I agree one hundred percent. I used to smoke weed, and am an advocate for making it legal. This is against the rules at the moment. And ppl will continue to break that rule until they are punished properly. And if they take away bonuses, forfeit part of their purse, and suspension, things will start to change.

  • R

    No need to apologize, its just weed. This isn’t Nazi Germany, so all you fascists calling for his money need to learn the meaning of freedom. Originally a bunch of elite racists made drugs illegal to oppress minorities. The Chinese immigrants were the first to be targeted. They didn’t just make laws against drugs, it was illegal in San Francisco to carry two buckets hooked on a pole slung across the shoulder. That is obviously racist. So you are all saying that this guy should follow backwards, racist laws, because we are too stupid to change them? This country was founded on people not following stupid rules. Then two hundred years later, we have made our own stupid laws to oppress ourselves. Thomas Jefferson said, “Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem”, which means ” I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

  • Super_Hero

    Weed? Out of all the steroid and HGH users that continue to get Championship fights, weed is what concerns MMA?