Two weeks prior to UFC 153, Stephan Bonnar was one of the people credited with saving UFC 153 from possible cancellation. As expected, pound for pound king Anderson Silva dismantled Bonnar inside the first round, but that doesn’t explain Bonnar’s fall from grace. Bonnar tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone, and Marc Ratner, UFC’s VP of regulatory affair, has officially suspended the light heavyweight. Some fans feel this is a moot point since Bonnar is retiring from the sport altogether, but the red tape is a necessary evil.
Stephan Bonnar has been suspended for one year by the UFC after testing positive for steroids a second time.
Ratner added that he has yet to determine what kind of suspension Dave Herman, who also tested positive for marijuana metabolites at UFC 153, will receive, but he expects to make that decision later this week. He did say that even though this is Herman’s second time testing positive for marijuana, his suspension will not mirror the one Bonnar received.
“We feel very strongly that there’s a big difference between PED’s [performance-enhancing drugs] and marijuana,” Ratner said. “We think the commissions do a good job with PEDs, but we think with marijuana there should be some form of rehab involved, going through that kind of process and learning about it.
“Other sports have a difference between PEDs and recreational drugs.”