Former Bellator light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton tested positive for marijuana in a secondary drug test administered at Bellator 134 two weeks ago.
Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations Director Mike Mazzulli confirmed the positive drug test to The MMA Report on Thursday.
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.
Earlier this week, the commission told The MMA Report that the 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.
Newton was defeated by Liam McGeary in the main event of Bellator 134 on February 28 to lose the Bellator 205 pound title. The defeat snapped a seven fight winning streak and it was his first defeat since losing to Attila Vegh in the 2012 Summer Series light heavyweight tournament semifinal.
After being informed by the commission about the positive drug test, The MMA Report reached out to Bellator for a comment on the positive drug test of Newton and the promotion released the following statement.
“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.”