Don't puff, don't puff, pass.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight, Dave Herman, today (July 2, 2013) cleared the final drug-related hurdle to have Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) issue a fight license to compete in "Sin City" this Fourth of July weekend (Sat., July 6, 2013).
NSAC Executive Director, Keith Kizer, announced earlier this evening that "Pee Wee" successfully passed a random 10-panel drug test and will be be able to compete against Gabriel Gonzaga on the "Prelims" under card of UFC 162, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
His message was short and sweet:
"Mr. Herman passed his 10 panel drug test."
NSAC officials ordered Herman over the phone during a licensure meeting this past Friday (June 28, 2013) to immediately submit a drug test (more details here). This after Herman successfully served a six-month suspension, as well as attended drug rehabilitation program, after testing positive for marijuana metabolites following his submission loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 153 in Oct. 2012.
Herman stated on the call that he has not used marijuana since the previous incident in 2012; however, since he is a two-time offender (Herman also tested positive in 2011), NSAC officials were not entirely convinced by the fighter's testimony and felt he must take it one step further to prove it.
He did, which means that NSAC will now have to honor its promise to grant Herman a conditional license to take on "Napao." And that's great news for the Indiana native, who is looking to steer out of an awful three-fight losing skid, all of which came via (technical) knockout or submission.
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