Just when you thought the circus that was Bellator 149 couldn’t get any more kooky, Kevin “Kimbo Slice Ferguson (pictured) and Ken Shamrock have reportedly flunked their pre-fight drug tests.
MMAFighting.com first reported their failed drug screenings Friday.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, who sanctioned the February 19 event inside Toyota Center in Houston, is currently withholding the exact substances each fighter tested positive for.
Ferguson and Shamrock have been administratively suspended. Both fighters are facing at least 90-day bans and $5,000 fines.
Bellator has yet to address the report.
Ferguson posted an unforgettable TKO victory over Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris in the show’s co-main event. Both heavyweights were completely gassed before the first round even ended. They were moving in slow motion in the second stanza before Harris face planted on his own accord.
Harris reportedly suffered cardiac arrest after that fight and was rushed to the hospital where he remained for nearly two weeks.
The bout will now likely be overturned to a no contest.
Shamrock, meanwhile, suffered a first round TKO loss in his trilogy with fellow UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie in the card’s featured attraction. Shamrock ate an inadvertent knee to the groin that the referee didn’t see and complained about the illegal strike while getting punched in the face.
Shamrock immediately popped to his feet when the contest was called and claimed Gracie unloaded the strike on purpose. The 52-year-old has been campaigning for a rematch since going down 0-2-1 to Gracie.
Ironically, Bellator 149 was a ratings sensation for the promotion. The event set a company record on Spike TV with 2 million viewers for the entire three-hour (9:00-12:04am ET/PT) fight card.
The show peaked at 2.7 million viewers (11:16pm-11:30pm) to watch the slow-motion slugfest between Ferguson and Harris.
Shamrock and Royce Gracie drew 2.4 million viewers (11:54pm-11:57pm).