The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday announced a shake-up to the UFC 136 fight card. Heavyweight Dave Herman was forced to drop out, and a rematch between Leonard Garcia and Nam Phan was bumped up to the main card on pay-per-view. It appears Herman’s bout against Mike Russow will be dropped form the card altogether.
UFC 136 takes place on Oct. 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston.
While the UFC was vague about the reason behind Herman’s removal from the card, the fighter himself joined hosts Jeff Dotseth and Stephen Quadros on Wednesday’s edition of Clinch Gear Radio. Herman revealed that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation says that he failed a prefight drug test required for licensing.
“I went in to get my drug test and a week later they called and said they lost my urine specimen and I had to come in and redo it,” Herman explained. “That was last week and I went back in that day. Then today they said I failed. I’m like, uh, that’s impossible.”
Impossible as it may seem, when a regulating body indicates a positive drug test result, it’s a difficult accusation to overcome.
Although he insists there is no way he could have submitted a positive sample, Herman said that he hadn’t really considered any legal action at this point. Of course, all of this fell in his lap on Wednesday, so he hasn’t had much time to consider a course of action, if any.
“It’s disappointing. I’ve been training really hard. But stuff happens. Maybe it’s for the best. Give me some more time to get even better,” said Herman.
While he seems resigned to the fact that he’s off the UFC 136 fight card, Herman seemed a little perplexed at the way his test was handled.
“It was Sept. 15 I went in and submitted the first test. And then a week later they emailed me and called me and said they lost the sample and said I had to go in and do it again. I went in again that day and then today they got the results back I guess,” he recounted.
“But then Texas said that they never lost it and the first one was for drugs and the second one was for steroids. They didn’t say it was for performance enhancing drugs; they said I had marijuana. And I don’t even smoke. Although I think the Diaz brothers do claim that as performance enhancing, somehow.”
Yes, Herman was able to dig up his usual sense of humor, even during such a down time for him.
He has only begun to delve into the situation, so he wasn’t certain what effect this would have on his career with the UFC.
MMAWeekly.com made attempts to contact the Texas Department of Licensing for comment, but the person that handles such matters was out of the office on Wednesday and unavailable. We will continue to follow up on the situation and report and further details as they become available.