Pat Healy: 'I wish I could go back in time and slap myself'

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

UFC lightweight Pat Healy spoke out about his recent positive test for marijuana, and he was very honest with his explanation.

Pat Healy believes that he should be honest about his recent positive test and suspension. And apparently part of that honesty included admitting what he popped for, despite the New Jersey State Athletic Commission telling him that they would not announce the particular substance. Healy told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that it was better to just get it out in the open:

"I felt like it was going to come out regardless. If they weren't going to announce what it was for, it was going to come out that I had failed a drug test for an unknown substance. I'd rather be honest about the whole situation than let a bunch of false information or wrong information get out there and make me look even worse."

He also explained the circumstances that led to the positive test:

"It was about three and a half or four weeks out. It was at a friend's birthday party, just hanging out. To be honest, I didn't even think it would be an issue. It was a huge mistake and I wish I could go back in time and slap myself because it was just a dumb thing to do."

To his credit, he owned it and didn't complain about the current rules in place:

"I think it was a bummer for me, but I don't think it was not fair because those are the rules. That's how they handle it and that's how they've always handled it when it has happened in the past. That's the way they do things."

He also commented on the fallout of his submission of the night bonus being flipped to Bryan Caraway instead, which led to Nate Diaz getting suspended for some remarks he said about Caraway:

"I feel bad that my poor choices brought more trouble for anybody, Caraway and Nate."

It will be interesting to see what the UFC does with Healy when he returns from suspension. Do they still treat the Jim Miller fight like a win? Do they bump him back down a notch in the division because of the suspension? Either way, that was a costly mistake for Mr. Healy.

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