It looks like Bellator won’t have the services of Mike Richman for a while, as the powerful bantamweight has reportedly been suspended for two years, after testing positive for steroids.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sherdog.com reported that the Richman has tested positive for steroids, following his decision loss to Eduardo Dantas in May. The California State Athletic Commission would not disclose what Richman had tested positive for, due to privacy laws. CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster did confirm, however, that Richman will be suspended for two years and that he’ll be fined $2,500. Sherdog reported that sources had informed them the PED was steroids.
Later on, however, Richman posted the following statement on his Facebook account:
In regards to my positive test results for an Anabolic Steroid. I want to say that I lost the integrity in myself and the integrity of this sport. I will not sit here and deny that I took it or act like I didn’t know what I was taking or blame it on someone else. I am a cheat, plan and simple and there is no excuse or reason that is valid enough to dispute the reasons why I cheated the sport and myself by using it. I want to apologize to Bellator MMA for my actions. I want to apologize again to my hard working Teammates who are not cutting corners and busting their asses off everyday in the gym to better themselves. I want to apologize to My head MMA coach Greg Nelson for making him and his gym the Academy look bad. He had no knowledge of me using at all. I want to make the same apology to my S&C coach Matt Miller of Horsepower strength and conditioning, he also had no knowledge of my use of this Anabolic Steroid. I apologize to all my sponsors that support me, my family that loves me, and my friends and fans that cheer for me. I deserve every bit of backlash and hate I’m going to receive from the media and the fans of this great sport. I take full responsibility in my actions and the decisions I made. I also deserve the punishment the CA state athletic commission brought down upon me.
As you probably know, in the past, fighters would only receive a 9 to 12 month suspension for a first offense. But, following the Nevada Commission’s decision to go with a two year minimum for first time offenders, clearing the CSAC is following suit.
Although Richman has gone 2-3 in his last 5 bouts, the 29 year-old was one of Bellator’s top draws, due to his punching power and aggressive style….Now, of course, it’s going to be interesting to see how fans react to this news. Chances are, it’s not going to be the last time we see a fighter get hit with a two year suspension in the coming weeks.
Bellator’s next card is set to go down on June 18th in St. Louis. In the main event, Kimbo Slice will take on Ken Shamrock.