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.”

Bernard Hopkins eyes Golovkin fight

He may have lost his last bout at the hands of Sergey Kovalev in a brutal manner, but Bernard Hopkins remains a firm fan favorite and relevant to the sport.

Hopkins, who turns 50 in a few months, doesn’t want to go out with his head bowed down, losing all the rounds to a young fighter. He believes he is now motivating every man or woman over 40 years of age, people who may not have reached their potential and is showing them not to give up.

The American is expected to make an announcement regarding his future, which in all probability would say that he still has a few fights left in him around his birthday in January. Hopkins said that he still craves for the big, stern tests and it would be really difficult for him to fight some B-lister just for the sake of it.