Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (pictured) might be serving a 90-day steroid suspension, but that didn’t stop Bellator MMA from assigning the heavyweight his next assignment.
On Sunday, Bellator president Scott Coker announced on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that Ferguson will rematch James Thompson on July 16 in London. The sequels for the lineup didn’t stop there, as Coker also confirmed a welterweight rematch between bitter rivals Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck for the show.
Ferguson posted a TKO victory over Thompson at “EliteXC: Primetime” in 2008. It was the former street fighter’s third professional MMA fight. He’s coming off February’s less-than-spectacular TKO win against Dhafir Harris.
It was announced last month that Ferguson had flunked his pre-fight drug test for the steroid nandrolone, as well as elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Coker said the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, who sanctioned the February 19 event inside Toyota Center in Houston, issued Ferguson only a 90-day ban for cheating.
Although Ferguson still faces at least a yearlong ban, it would only be in the state of Texas so he’s free to compete elsewhere despite the possible 12-months suspension.
Thompson, a 13-year veteran, has dropped two straight bouts. The 37-year-old was most recently TKO’d by Tsuyoshi Kosaka in December.
Daley and Koscheck have a long running beef that dates back to their 2010 battle at UFC 113. Koscheck continued to plant the slugger on his back for a unanimous decision win. Immediately after the closing bell, an irritated Daley sucker punched Koscheck in the face. The UFC fired Daley shortly after for the cheap shot.
Daley will be riding a five-fight winning streak into the tango. “Semtex” knocked out Andy Uhrich in January.
Koscheck, on the other hand, will be looking to snap his five-fight skid. The welterweight parted ways with the UFC last year and is hoping to get his career back on track in Bellator.
No other scraps have been reported for the lineup.
O2 Arena in London will host Bellator 158. Spike TV will broadcast the main card.