Herman: If he's sticking a needle in his butt, I've got a problem.
Herman spoke with BloodyElbow about his fight with Shields:
I think Colorado is one of the HIPAA privacy states where they weren't allowed to release what he tested positive for. I'm pretty sure it was for some type of performance enhancing substance, just by looking at his physique going in to the fight. He looked pretty puffed up and exhibited the common signs. As an athlete, you can recognize those signs. I can't guarantee it, but I'm pretty positive that it was for some kind of performance enhancing drug. If it really was for marijuana, it's a lot easier for a guy to come right out and say, 'I smoked a joint, sorry.' You get a little less criticism that way than if you cheated and used a performance enhancer.
Thing is, I think I remember Dana White making a comment that if they did this kind of testing, 90% of these guys would end up getting caught for marijuana. I don't see marijuana as an issue. I don't really see it as a performance enhancer. If a guy wants to smoke a joint before he gets in the cage with me, I don't have a problem with that, but if he's sticking a needle in his butt, I've got a problem.
Shields, in his return to middleweight, won his bout with Herman by unanimous decision at UFC 150 back in August, but had the bout overturned to a no contest when he test positive for a banned substance. He was then fined and suspended.
Before his fight with Shields, Herman was on an impressive three-fight winning streak. He will now look to move up the ladder when he switches to Strikeforce for one night only and takes on former middleweight champion and BJJ ace Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza on January 12th at the promotion's final event.
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