Secondhand cigarette smoke kills. In UFC heavyweight Dave Herman’s (Pictured) case, secondhand marijuana smoke apparently killed his chances at competing in the most star-studded MMA card of 2011.
On Wednesday, “Pee Wee” was abruptly pulled from his UFC 136 scrap against Mike Russow after testing positive for marijuana in a pre-fight drug screening. It isn’t the first time a mixed martial artist has been busted for puffing ganja (Please see: Nick Diaz), but Herman claims he never tokes.
Today, the 26-year-old revealed he may have been hanging out with the wrong crowd and was caught in some unfortunate and inescapable hot boxing predicaments.
“Everybody out here kind of smokes,” Herman told MMAJunkie. “Marijuana is legal in California. Maybe it’s just being in the same room. I don’t know. I see people smoke every day.”
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation forced Herman to submit two separate urine samples because they initially claimed they lost his original urinalysis. However, he was later told the first test checked for recreational drugs and the second was for steroids.
He did not register positive for any performance-enhancing drugs.
The TDLR was able to confirm they didn’t license Herman for his October 8th contest, but due to privacy laws they were not allowed to go into specifics regarding his failed exam. However, they reported that he has not been suspended or sanctioned in any way outside of his license for UFC 136.
Herman said he most likely won’t appeal the decision.
“It’s disappointing,” Herman expressed. “I’ve probably worked harder and trained harder for this fight than any fight in the past, and then not to go through with it.
“It’s definitely a letdown, but you’ve got to make the most of it. I still got up, came in to practice and I’m just working on getting better.”
The UFC has declined to comment on the controversy.