Forrest Griffin Admits to Failing His UFC 101 Drugs Test After Taking Xanax

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Forrest Griffin has revealed that he failed a drugs test following his UFC 101 bout with Anderson Silva after taking a doctor’s prescription of Xanax the night before the bout, something that’s been kept under wraps by both the promotion and the commission ever since.

Griffin, speaking to MMAFighting, said:

“I failed my drug test I think for Xanax. I had a doctor’s prescription, I was just, I didn’t do it before the fight, I did it the night before, I was nervous and I couldn’t sleep. Look what happened when I fought Anderson Silva. It can’t possibly get worse than that. I’ve already seen the bottom and it wasn’t that bad. I made it through. I survived. It’s fighting. It’s not the end of the world.”

According to Greg Sirb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, Griffin did indeed test positive, he was suspended for 30 days and all of the information was listed in the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions) database:

“On August 8 of 2009 he got a suspension, he had to take a re-test, he got a fine, everything was satisfied and it states specifically in the database ‘must contact PA commission before next bout’. It’s just how we list our drug tests. We have very strong HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws here just like the (Nate) Marquardt situation. I can’t make these public declarations, but he was clearly in the database the day he was suspended.”

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