Four fighters from Bellator 127 have failed their post-fight drug tests. Bellator 127: Straus vs. Wilcox took place on Oct. 3 in Temecula, Calif.
Bellator officials on Friday confirmed the four failures following an initial report by Sherdog.com, citing information from the California State Athletic Commission. CSAC executive director Andy Foster also confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com.
All 22 fighters on the card were drug tested, according to Bellator. Keith Berry, Nick Moghaddam, Rob Emerson, and Fernando Gonzalez were the ones who tested positive for banned substances.
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Berry and Moghaddam both tested positive for marijuana and an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio exceeding California’s limit of 4-to-1. Gonzalez also tested positive for marijuana. Emerson, meanwhile, tested positive for Modafinil, a substance that improves cognitive functioning, wakefulness, and energy, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The CSAC has yet to hand down sanctions for the failed drug tests. Bellator president Scott Coker, however, on Friday issued a stern statement in support of California’s drug testing efforts.
“I want to make very clear that under new management, Bellator will simply not stand for performance enhancing drugs inside our cage,” Coker said. “We fully support the California State Athletic Commission in their process, and stand by any disciplinary action handed out by Commissioner Andy Foster and the CSAC. Fans, media and our athletes need to have a clear understanding that drug use will simply not be tolerated by Bellator.”