And there you have it, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (pictured) and Ken Shamrock had steroids in their system at Bellator 149.
Ferguson tested positive for the steroid nandrolone, as well as elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Shamrock two-upped the former street fighter by registering for nandrolone, methadone and elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio.
Ferguson’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio 6.4:1. The 52-year-old Shamrock nearly doubled that with a 12.4:1 ratio. The World Anti-Doping Agency limit is 4:1.
Ferguson and Shamrock have 10 days to file to have their B sample tested, if they choose. Both are facing at least yearlong suspensions.
It was reported 10 days ago that the heavyweights had flunked their pre-fight drug tests, which were administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, who sanctioned the February 19 event inside Toyota Center in Houston. However, it wasn’t revealed until Monday what substances the fighters had in their bodies.
Ferguson posted an 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).