Dave Herman to return to UFC following rehab and passed drug test

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Coming off a 3-fight losing streak and his second failed drug test, Dave Herman is finally ready to return to the Octagon. He's gone through rehab and passed a recent drug test, now he just needs an opponent.

In his last UFC appearance, Heavyweight Dave Herman gave up a second round armbar to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira last fall at UFC 153. The loss marked his third consecutive defeat and his second failed drug test for marijuana. Following the event the UFC suspended Herman, required him to attend rehab, and pass a drug test before he'd be able to return to action.

As reported by MMA Junkie on Tuesday, Herman has now completed the 30-day rehab program and passed the drug test. His manager, Shu Hirata says Dave has learned from his mistake:

"He's got to go out and win and not test positive for marijuana to stay in the UFC," he said.

"He understands the opportunity he has now," the manager added. "He realizes it's stupid to blow this opportunity. There are so many heavyweight fighters in the world who would love to be in the UFC, and he's one of the lucky ones. He might as well do everything he can right now, and he have fun when he's 40, 50 years old. His mind is straight-set right now."

The UFC has not yet found Herman his next opponent or on which upcoming event he's likely to appear. He'll be entering his next fight with a UFC record of only 1-3 and coming off a substantial layoff. Most likely, he'll be fighting to keep his spot on the UFC roster.


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