The UFC announced on Wednesday that the planned Dave Herman-Mike Russow bout for UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III had been removed from the card.
Herman failed a pre-fight drug test conducted by the Texas commission, which came back positive for marijuana. The fighter, however, denied those claims during an interview with Clinch Gear Radio Wednesday evening.
“I’m still trying to (figure out what happened). I’ve been making phone calls but they said I failed my drug test,” Herman said (props to MMAMania.com for transcribing the interview). “I don’t think (this affects my future with the promotion). I’ve been trying to talk to the Texas commission and everything because I went in to get my drug test and a week later they called me and said they lost my urine specimen and I had to come in and redo it. That was last week. So I went back in that day and (Wednesday) they said I failed. I was like, ‘That’s impossible.’ So…yeah.”
Herman went on to explain the whole situation a little more in-depth, as it would seem the heavyweight tested positive for marijuana in his first sample and steroids in his second.
“But then I called, cause I’ve been trying to straighten this out, like how did they lost it but then they found it, like, what happened, I don’t know,” Herman said. “But then Texas said they never lost it and the first one was for drugs and the second one was for steroids. They didn’t say I had it for performance-enhancing drugs, they said I had marijuana. And I don’t even smoke.”
The 26-year-old Herman has won three straight fights to improve to 21-2 in his career. He won his UFC debut over Jon Olav Einemo back in June. Russow was looking to build on a 10-fight win streak that has improved his record to 14-1.
The Leonard Garcia-Nam Phan rematch has been bumped up to the main card to replace Herman-Russow.