In a surprising turn of events, four fighters on the Bellator 127 fight card tested positive for various illegal substances and have been handed accompanying suspensions.
The most notable of these fighters is veteran Rob Emerson, who tested positive for the prescription drug Provigil (Modafinil), which has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for a decade.
Others who tested positive were Keith Berry and Nick Moghaddam, who both tested positive for marijuana and elevated testosterone levels, and Fernando Gonzalez, who tested positive for cannabinoids.
There has been official word regarding who, if any, of the fighters involved will appeal their suspension with the California State Athletic Commission.
Shortly following the revelation, Coker commented in a press release, where he stated, “drug use will simply not be tolerated” under the new management.
“I want to make very clear that under new management, Bellator will simply not stand for performance enhancing drugs inside our cage,” said Coker said. “We fully support the California State Athletic Commission in their process, and standby any disciplinary action handed out by Commissioner Andy Foster and the CSAC. Fans, media and our athletes need to have a clear understanding that drug use will simply not be tolerated by Bellator.”
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