California Leads Charge, Suspends Fighter For Two Years Following Failed PED Test

June 9, 2015 4:11 pm by BJPENN.COM News

Mike Richman

The California State Athletic Commission is not messing around anymore.

Today, Executive Director Andy Foster announced that two fighters who fought on the Bellator 137, card failed their drug test.

According to Foster, bantamweight Mike Richman and welterweight Fernando Gonzalez failed their test. Richman lost his fight and tested positive for a PED. Gonzalez won his fight and tested positive for marijuana.

Foster also announced that Richman will be suspended two years and fined $2,500. That’s a much larger suspension than previous offenders.

Gonzalez will be fined $1,500 and the cost of his drug test and a 90 day fine.

Is this a sign to come of commissions enforcing harsher penalties?

Here’s what Richman had to say 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… Posted by Mike “The Marine” Richman on Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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