UFC Middleweight Jake Shields Announces Six Month Suspension For Banned Substance
By FCF Staff
Former Strikeforce champion and UFC veteran Jake Shields has announced today that he’s currently serving a six month suspension from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies’ Office of Boxing, due to testing positive for a banned substance.
The 33 year-old-fighter and his representatives, Authentic Sports Management, revealed the suspension through a prepared statement Friday.
“To my friends, fans and the UFC,
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.
I accept the Boxing Commission’s decision for a six-month suspension, which will expire in February. I ask that you accept my apology. I will be back fighting soon, and hope that the fans of MMA will support me until that time.”
No details regarding what Shields tested for were included and the Colorado Commission has yet to make any announcement.
Shields (28-6) worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Ed Herman at UFC 150 in August, which marked the fighter’s return to the middleweight division.
Since arriving in the UFC, the renowned grappler has gone 3-2.