Jake Shields has been suspended from competing for six months following a failed drug test by the Colorado Boxing Commission during the leadup to UFC 150. Shields defeated Ed Herman by unanimous decision at that event.
Shield’s management company released a statement on his behalf in which he apologized for the situation, but offered little specific detail about what had happened. He stated,
“Prior to my professional bout at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado, I used a substance prohibited by Colorado Boxing Commission rules.
This was a mistake that I fully regret. I have shared this issue with my family and the UFC and I have apologized to them and now I also apologize to you, the fans. I promise this will never occur again in my fighting career.”
The story is currently missing several important details that neither Shields nor the athletic commission have provided. Perhaps most significantly, it has not been announced what the banned substance for which Shields tested positive was. Some have speculated that it could have been marijuana, rather than a steroid or other performance enhancer. The fact that Shields is teammates with Nate and Nick Diaz, both of whom are well known marijuana advocates, lends some credence to this theory, but at this point there is no evidence to confirm it.
It is also not known why the suspension has only now been announced. Shields competed in UFC 150 on August 11, over two months ago. His suspension will be retroactive to that date, which means he will be permitted to compete again by next February.