HOPKINS: TV RATINGS BREED SMITH REMATCH TALK

Reflecting on Bernard Hopkins’ decision to fight one last time, one would conclude that it’s a bad one as the 51-year-old retired from the sport on his back and literally six feet below his opponent on the arena floor.


‘The Executioner’ as mostly called turned out to be unable to obtain one last victory as Joe Smith Jr. trapped him on the ropes with no chance of escape and blasted him out of the ring.

Talk of being pushed out and that of foot injury were not really taken seriously by anyone after the bout, but Hopkins will have to deal with the fact he career ended in a cruel way.

“I was throwing the right hand and a combination and then using the rope as an offensive as I frequently do, and making a mess,” said Bernard Hopkins after the fight.

Bellator’s Shlemenko Suspended For Failed Drug Test

The embarrassing saga of failed drug checks continues in MMA.

As per the reports, the latest fighter to come up with failed test is Alexander Shlemenko, the erstwhile middleweight champ from Bellator. He has been suspended after he could not clear post-fight drug screen given his piqued testosterone levels. The drug test was taken post Alexander’s knockout victory over Manhoef (Melvin). The match took place on 13th of February at Fresno, California. Bellator officials have already confirmed about the suspension of  Shlemenko.

The fighter has received suspension for an indefinite time period & has been fined 2,500 USD by CSAC (California State Athletic Commission). Andy Foster, the CEO for CSAC has confirmed the news to the media. Shlemenko’s victory over Melvin has been tagged as “no contest”.

“We’re thoroughly disappointed to learn about Alexander’s drug test”, stated Scott Coker, the president of Bellator MMA.

“As I have stated earlier, PEDs do not have any place here in our sport. Bellator is in full support of CSAC and their decision to enforce tough penalties in order to deter wrestlers from taking to banned substances.”