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In the past MMA fighters have shown creativity in getting around those pesky suspensions imposed on them by state athletic commissions for failed drug tests or falling foul of the rules of combat sports. It’s no surprise; given competition is most fighters’ main source of income.
Wanderlei Silva, who was given a lengthy suspension after literally running away from a random drug test in Las Vegas, opted to ply his trade in his former stomping ground Japan—competing in an exhibition two-on-two grappling match for Rizin FF against Sakuraba as his suspension was ongoing. Rouismar Palhares, who also fell foul to the Nevada Athletic Commission for holding onto a submission for too long against Jake Shields, ignored his suspension to compete for Venator FC in Italy, where he was swiftly knocked out by rising Norwegian star Emil “Valhalla” Meek.
Melvin Guillard is the latest to have joined the two Brazilians in Silva and Palhares by sourcing some fight income while serving a suspension—on the British bare-knuckle boxing scene.
Guillard was fined $10,000 and suspended by the Kansas Athletic Commission (KAC) for a year back in August following a failed drug test. Though non-specific on what drug had been taken, the KAC announced it was not for a performance enhancing drug (PED). This came after Guillard’s Bellator 159 win over Dave Rickels, which was later overturned to a No Contest. In 2007, Guillard had previously failed a drug test for cocaine following his 27-second submission loss to Joe Stevenson.
Led by local promotion UBBAD, bare-knuckle boxing has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance over the last few years. This weekend, they are promoting an event which features MMA bouts, kickboxing matches as well as bare-knuckle competition with a special guest appearance from former world heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes. This ….View full article