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Colossal fail! Bellator 191’s James Thompson tests positive for steroids, suspended for one year

James Thompson
James Thompson
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Bellator 191: “McDonald vs. Ligier” took place at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on Dec. 15, 2017, featuring a main event that saw promotional newcomer Michael “Mayday” McDonald win his Bantamweight bout against Peter Ligier ... although he unfortunately broke a hand in the process.

That’s not the only bad news from this show. Former Pride FC standout James “The Colossus” Thompson had lost two straight fights coming into Newcastle, but the big boy from Bristol was hoping to turn things around in a home country bout with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Phil De Fries.

De Fries dispatched Thompson quickly with a guillotine choke in 93 seconds, and from there things for Thompson only got worse. MMA Report confirms that Thompson tested positive for drostanolone (a steroid), which puts him in hot water with the regulating body that oversaw the bouts, Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations.

Executive Director Mike Mazzulli has smacked Thompson with a $2,000 fine and suspended him for one year. And before the Mohegan Tribe will license Thompson to fight again he will have to submit a clean drug test. If commission reciprocity holds in the United States he won’t be able to fight there again before Dec. 15, 2018.

Japan may feel differently, though.

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