On Wednesday, Dave Herman (Pictured) was unexpectedly pulled from his UFC 136 bout against Mike Russow. Although the company failed to provide details regarding his abrupt departure, Herman appeared on Clinch Gear Radio yesterday and revealed he tested positive for marijuana.
The only problem is, Herman claims he never smokes.
“Basically, I failed my drug test,” Herman shared. “It was September 15th, I went in and submitted the first test, and then a week later [the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation] emailed me and called me and said they lost the sample and said I had to go in and do it again. I went in again that day and then [yesterday] they got the results back and they said I failed.
“I said, ‘That’s impossible.'”
When Herman questioned them regarding the results, he was provided with a different story than what he received the first time around.
“Texas [then] said that they never lost [the initial sample], and the first one was for drugs and the second one was for steroids,” Herman added. “They didn’t say it was for performance-enhancing drugs, they said I had marijuana. And I don’t even smoke.
“I haven’t even had a beer in two month.”
Herman owns a 21-2 professional record and has never produced a failed drug test during his five years in the sport.
Although the heavyweight emphatically denies any wrongdoing, he has yet to consider taking legal action against the state’s governing body. The UFC has not commented on the controversy and messages left with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation have not been returned.
UFC 136 takes place October 8th inside the Toyota Center in Houston.