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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Pat Healy suspended 90 days

By Franklin McNeil
ESPN.com

Lightweight fighter Pat Healy tested positive for marijuana after his April 27 win over Jim Miller at UFC 159 in Newark, N.J., and has been suspended 90 days by the promotion, the fighter said Tuesday.

A UFC official confirmed the information with ESPN.com on Wednesday and added that Healy will not receive Fight of the Night or Submission of the Night bonuses he earned at the event. Each bonus was worth $65,000.

His third-round submission win over Miller has been changed to a no contest. Healy was guaranteed $17,500 for the bout, but will sacrifice his $5,000 win bonus.

"I would like to start off by apologizing to the UFC, Jim Miller, the MMA community, its fans, my family, teammates and coaches for my positive testing of marijuana after my UFC 159 fight with Jim Miller," Healy said in a statement. "I was fully aware of the UFC and [New Jersey State Athletic Control Board's] drug policies and made poor life choices.

"I stand behind the UFC state commission's disciplinary actions. I support efforts to make MMA a clean, safe and fair place to compete.

"I made a very poor choice to socially use marijuana and now I must face the consequences of that choice. I can assure you that I will do everything the UFC and state commission asks of me and beyond. I will make a conscious effort to be a better role model within the MMA community."

Healy, 29, entered the bout against Miller on a six-fight win streak. It was his first appearance under the UFC banner since April 2006.

His professional record now stands at 29-16 with one no contest.