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UFC Light Heavyweight Stephan Bonnar failed a post-fight drug test for steroids following his UFC 153 loss to Anderson Silva. Today he spoke to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour and explained how it happened.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Stephan Bonnar has talked for the first time since failing a post-fight drug test following his UFC 153 loss to Anderson Silva. Ariel Helwani gets the scoop on the MMA Hour.
Bonnar was cut by the UFC following his positive urine test for drostanolone, an anabolic steroid. According to Bonnar, he was using the substance to help him recover from a surgical procedure on his knee when he got the short-notice call from Dana White and the opportunity to face Middleweight champ Anderson Silva in the headliner at the Brazilian event.
"Believe it or not, there are some therapeutic uses to some of the banned substances," he said. "Bottom line, I wanted to get my strength back. I was very weak. My body didn't feel good, my joints didn't feel good. That was my goal."
"I'm not a stupid person," he said. "Of course, I know I'm going to get tested. I got three weeks to train for the fight, and 35 pounds to lose, and you really think after that I'm going to take something that's detectable for a month? That makes no sense. Absolutely none."
"That was the hardest thing, too," he said. "You know, there's no way if I thought there was any possibility of it showing up, that I would have taken the fight. I finally get the opportunity I've been begging for in vain for so long. I thought I'd go out there and put on a better fight, but then stuff like this happens. It's like I came to his house and took a s--- on his carpet. It just kills me. I'm like, 'Come on, Dana, give me this opportunity,' and then I make him look like that. I'm really sorry."
"I feel the best thing for me to do is to respectfully piss off. It's not to sit there and go, 'Oh, come on Dana, give me another chance.' I f----- up and I'll put my tail between my legs and leave you guys alone for a while."
Bonnar was unceremoniously cut by the promotion following the failed drug test.