Jake Shields suspended for banned substance

Konstantin K

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The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies' Boxing Commission has issued UFC fighter Jake Shields a six-month suspension for using a prohibited substance prior to his fight at UFC 150, the fighter today announced.

Shields' reps at Authentic Sports Management emailed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a prepared statement from the fighter.

In it, Shields acknowledges to using a banned substance and accepting the commission's half-year suspension.

However, he didn't reveal what the substance was, and the commission hasn't specified what was detected in his post-fight drug test. A source told MMAjunkie.com the Association of Boxing Commissions' database currently doesn't list any information about Shields' failed test, though it'll likely be added soon.

"Prior to my professional bout at UFC 150 in Denver, Colo., 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."

It's unclear if the result of the fight will be overturned.


Kevin Iole ‏@KevinI
Unconfirmed as of now, but have heard Jake Shields had an elevated T/E ratio when tested in Colorado


I have a lot of business with the Chinese
That camp gets a gold medal in suspension & retarded behavior


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You can add Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera to list.

Two more UFC fighters recently tested positive for banned substances.

Following July's UFC 149 event, welterweight Matt Riddle was flagged for marijuana while featherweight Francisco Rivera tested positive for an undisclosed over-the-counter stimulant, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from multiple sources close to the event.

Both fighters were suspended for 90 days retroactive to the July 21 event, which makes them eligible to fight on Friday. The results of their respective bouts were not changed.

According to sources close to the competitors, both fighters declined to appeal their punishments and apologized for their actions.

Shirley Stunzi of the Calgary Combative Sports Commission, which oversaw the pay-per-view event at the Scotiabank Saddledome, declined comment for this story. Reps for both fighters were unreachable.

Riddle (7-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) fought striking specialist Chris Clements and won a "Submission of the Night" bonus for securing a third-round arm triangle.

Rivera (9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) fought Roland Delorme and put in an early bid for a "Knockout of the Night" bonus with a crushing stoppage of the veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 14," though the honor ultimately went to Ryan Jimmo for a seven-second KO of Anthony Perosh.