Dave Herman suspended six months for weed; required to undergo rehab following UFC 153 drug test

Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced its punishment for Dave Herman, who failed his UFC 153 drug test for marijuana following a loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira last month in Rio.

Tell 'em Mark Ratner sent ya'.

With Stephan Bonnar effectively retired and serving his suspension with his gloves hung up, the only man truly feeling the wrath of the failed drug tests coming out of UFC 153 is Dave Herman.

After testing positive for marijuana metabolites at the Oct. 13 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Herman was issued a six-month suspension by UFC (which acts as the Athletic Commission for International events), and as an additional punishment, has been ordered by the organization to complete an approved drug-rehabilitation program.

Marc Ratner, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, confirmed news of Herman's fine and suspension with MMA Weekly, stating the heavyweight fighter is suspended "six months from the day of the fight and must undergo and participate in an approved rehabilitation program, and have a clean drug test when the suspension is over."

UFC 153 marked the second time in as many years Herman has been flagged for marijuana use.

The first came prior to UFC 136 in October 2011 when the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation found traces of the drug in Herman's system and the fighter was ultimately scratched from the card. "Pee Wee" (21-5) was submitted by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 153, which marked his third consecutive defeat and pushed his record to 1-3 since joining the ZUFFA ranks in June 2011.

Many expected the 28-year-old to be released from the organization after his string of losses; however, it appears UFC officials intend on providing Herman with professional help before making any decisions regarding his contract and fighting future.

If Herman completes the rehabilitation program, he will be eligible to return to active competition on April 13, 2013, six-months from the date of UFC 153.

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