“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 Commissions 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.”
UFC 159 was held April 27 in New Jersey and headlined with a light heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. In what was the opening bout on the Pay-Per-View card, Pat Healy defeated Jim Miller in the third round via rear-naked choke submission.
The two were awarded “fight of the night” honors for their performance and the bout marked Healy’s first fight in the UFC in seven years following a very impressive run in Strikeforce.
How long this failed drug test will put the 29-year-old lightweight on the shelf and how much it might cost him is not yet known. Healy’s management, in an email to ProMMAnow.com, indicated a date for a hearing had not yet been set. Stay tuned to ProMMAnow.com for updates on this story.