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Shields gets six-month ban for taking banned substance

ESPN staff
October 12, 2012
Jake Shields beat Ed Herman at UFC 150 © Getty Images

Jake Shields has issued an apology to the fans and the UFC after he was banned by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies' Boxing Commission for six months on Friday for taking a banned substance.

Shields used the unnamed substance prior to his bout with Ed Herman at UFC 150, a fight he won by unanimous decision. It is yet to be confirmed whether that result will be scratched.

The middleweight fighter, who once contested the welterweight belt against Georges St-Pierre, has accepted his suspension and admitted to his wrongdoing.

"Prior to my professional bout at UFC 150 in Denver, I used a substance prohibited by Colorado Boxing Commission rules," Shields said in a statement relayed by MMA Junkie. "This was a mistake that I fully regret.

"I have shared this issue with my family and the UFC, and I have apologised to them and now I also apologise to you, the fans. I promise this will never occur again in my fighting career.

"I accept the boxing commission's decision for a six-month suspension, which will expire in February. I ask that you accept my apology. I will be back fighting soon, and hope that the fans of MMA will support me until that time."

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