Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields has been suspended six months by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies’ Boxing Commission for a banned substance from his pre-fight drug test at UFC 150.
The announcement of the suspension was announced by his management team, Authentic Sports Management and they released a statement on the behalf of the UFC fighter.
“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 unknown what the banned substance is that Shields tested positive for and the commission can not release that information because of state laws.
At UFC 150, Shields defeated Ed Herman be unanimous decision and it was his first fight in the UFC middleweight division, after going 2-2 as a welterweight in the UFC.