UFC middleweight Jake Shields has been suspended six months by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) Boxing Commission after testing positive for a banned substance following UFC 150. The suspension was not announced by the commission but by Shields himself (via management). Shields will be eligible to return in February.
Shields defeated Ed Herman on the Denver, Colorado fight card this past August. No word yet on whether the bout’s result will be overturned as a result of the positive test.
Neither the commission or Shield’s management have revealed what the positive test pertained to.
Shields stated through his management:
“Prior to my professional bout at UFC 150 in Denver, CO, I used a substance prohibited by Colorado Boxing Commission rules,” Shields stated. “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.”
As stated above, Shields will remain suspended until this February. The full terms of the suspension have not been disclosed at this time but will likely be released in the coming weeks.