Bellator Middleweight, Doug ‘The Rhino’ Marshall, has tested positive for a banned substance following his KO loss to Bellator Middleweight champion, Alexander Shlemenko, at Bellator 109.
Marshall failed his post-fight drug test, but the substance has yet to be disclosed at this time. Marshall will be receiving a suspension from the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission for an undisclosed amount of time.
There are reports that Marshall is suspended until February 7th, where he will have to retake the test he previously failed. Marshall will also be fined by the Athletic Commission as well.
Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney, commented on Marshall’s failed test: (courtesy of MMAjunkie)
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.
Marshall was Bellator’s Season 8 Middleweight tournament winner after dispatching Andreas Spång, Sultan Aliev, and Brett Cooper. Two of those victories came by way of vicious KO.
Alexander Shlemenko and Doug Marshall were then set to fight at Bellator 98, but Marshall had to withdraw from the fight due to a broken hand, and was replaced by Brett Cooper. Ultimately, Shlemenko and Marshall met at Bellator 109, where Shlemenko dominated Marshall en route to a KO victory via body shots.
Interesting to note that prior to Bellator 98, Marshall received a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) for TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy). There is no word as to whether or not his failed drug test has anything to do with TRT or not.