Former Bellator champ Emanuel Newton tests positive for marijuana
Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations Director Mike Mazzulli has confirmed that former Bellator light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton tested positive for marijuana following his title defense loss to Liam McGeary at Bellator 134 British Invasion, Feb. 27 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
For the positive drug test result, Newton has been suspended 90 days, fined $3,000 and must submit a clean drug test to come off suspension.
It was initially reported that the first drug test results came back inconclusive and Mazzulli stated that the positive drug test from Newton came in a secondary drug test that was tested by the lab. In addition, Mazzulli stated that the Mohegan Tribe commission has a zero tolerance policy on marijuana was Newton’s levels were over 100 ng/mL.
Bellator has released the following statement regarding the former champion’s positive test result:
“It is important for all athletes to abide by the rules of the governing commission and we fully support the commission in their decision,” the statement said. “We look forward to seeing Mr. Newton get back in the cage once he serves his suspension.”