See, UFC fighters aren’t the only MMA athletes taking performance-enhancing drugs. On Monday, it was revealed former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko (pictured) tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following his February 13 win over Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 133.
MMAJunkie.com confirmed he news with the California State Athletic Commission, who oversaw the event inside Save Mart Center in Fresno. Bellator president Scott Coker subsequently verified the report.
“We are disappointed to hear about the results of Shlemenko’s drug test,” Coker told the website. “As I’ve stated previously, performance enhancing drugs have no place in this sport, and Bellator fully supports the commission in enforcing harsh penalties to deter fighters from taking banned substances.”
According to the report, Shlemenko’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was a “significantly elevated.” However, the exact numbers were not disclosed. The state currently allows a 4:1 ratio.
CSAC officials will schedule a meeting to disciple Shlemenko at a later date. The 30-year-old is facing a fine, suspension and having his highlight reel spinning backfist knockout victory over Manhoef overturned to a no contest.
Shlemenko is the second former Bellator champ to flunk a drug test in as many weeks. Although, Emanuel Newton only registered positive for marijuana.