Doug Marshall suspended for failed drug test after Bellator 109 loss to Alexander Shlemenko

Former middleweight title contender -- and Bellator Season 8 tournament winner -- Doug "The Rhino" Marshall has been slapped with a suspension by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for failing a post-fight drug test after his loss to middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 109.

"The Rhino" is in trouble.

Doug Marshall has been suspended by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission (PSAC) for a failed drug test, according to a report first published by TheMMAReport.com.

Marshall lost to Bellator Middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 109, succumbing to a first-round body shot from which the challenger could not recover. It is unknown at the moment what substance Marshall took; however, he will be suspended until Feb. 7, 2014, according to MMAWeekly.com, which obtained word from a source familiar with the situation.

Marshall will also have to pay an undisclosed fine to PSAC.

Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney released the following statement regarding the post-fight drug test failure:

"Greg Sirb at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission operates one of the best commissions in the country. Doug Marshall will have to adhere to any and every penalty that the Pennsylvania Commission delivers. When competing at the highest level, fighters are expected to train and prepare for their fights according to the rules and should fully expect to be tested at every Bellator event."

"The Rhino" booked his place in the Bellator Season 8 Middleweight tournament final after knocking out Brett Cooper in the first round at Bellator 95. Marshall was on a four-fight win streak prior to the Shlemenko setback, a hot streak that included three knockouts.

For more on Bellator 109 be sure to check out complete event results right here.

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