UFC Releases Statement On Pat Healy And UFC 159

This has been a rough week if you are the PR department at the UFC, but the bottom line to all of this is that one of the standout fighters from UFC 159: Jones Vs Sonnen tested positive for marijuana. Pat Healy and his management have been very forward about the details surrounding his positive drug test, but until now there has been no official statement from the UFC on the matters. All said and done, Healy finds himself $130,000 poorer as the UFC has rescinded the bonuses he won for his performance against Jim Miller. Also, the result of the bout has been turned to a no contest, he will be suspended for 90 days, and upon return he will have to pass a drug test.

The complete statement on UFC 159:

Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, released the following statement today regarding drug test results conducted by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) at UFC® 159 in Newark, N.J. on April 27, 2013:

The UFC has been informed by the NJSACB that lightweight Pat Healy tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout against Jim Miller at UFC® 159. The NJSACB issued Healy a 90-day suspension retroactive to the date of the event. He must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again. The outcome of his bout against Miller will be changed to a no contest and he will forfeit $130,000 in bonus money from Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night. Miller will keep his Fight of the Night bonus and Bryan Caraway will receive the $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus.

The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. The UFC also fully supports the drug testing efforts of all regulatory agencies including NJSACB. All fighters on the UFC® 159 card were drug tested at the event. The results of all positive tests are reported to the official Association of Boxing Commissions record-keeper.