Uncasville, Conn.– Bellator MMA and its president, Scott Coker, have come under heavy criticism recently after booking Kimbo Slice for their upcoming Bellator 158 card in London, England, which takes place at O2 Arena on July 16, 2016. Slice, real name Kevin Ferguson, is set to face James Thompson in a rematch from their Elite XC bout that took place in 2008, where Slice won the bout by technical knockout.
The issue that fans and media are having with the booking of Slice, is that he failed a post-fight drug test following his technical knockout victory over Dada 5000 at Bellator 149 this past February. Slice, 42, tested positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. Since the fight took place in Houston, Texas, it falls under The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which handed down a 90-day suspension to Slice. Three months is hardly a punishment in most eyes in comparison to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which would hand down a much harsher punishment, as would the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which now works in conjunction with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Several media members have suggested that Bellator MMA follow UFC’s lead and dole out its own punishment since the TDLR is offering such a light punishment to Slice. Coker is of the mind that the promotion is best suited to let the commissions do the regulating, no matter that the difference in punishment varies from state to state.
“To me it is so simple,” said Coker. “Greg [Alvarez], the commissioner there, said he [Slice] has 90 days. So, it’s not longer than 90 days and that is it. In Texas, it is a really tricky rule. In fact, Mazzulli [Mike Mazzulli, the president of Association of Boxing Commission and Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations Director] was saying ….View full article
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