Mike Richman Suspended Two Years After Failed Drug Test
Bantamweight fighter Mike Richman has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug following his latest bout in the Bellator MMA cage.
Multiple sources Tuesday confirmed to Sherdog.com that Richman failed a post-fight drug test administered by the California State Athletic Commission after his unanimous decision loss to Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 137. The event took place May 15 at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.
Pat Curran gets new opponent for Bellator 139
An undisclosed injury forced Goiti Yamauchi out of Bellator 139, and Pat Curran has a new opponent on 18 days’ notice.
Curran, a former Bellator featherweight champion, is now set to take on Emmanuel Sanchez at the upcoming card in Mulvane, Kansas, on June 26. The promotion announced the new match-up on Monday.
Bubba Jenkins returns to action against Joe Wilk at Bellator 139 on June 26
Standout wrestler-turned-MMA fighter Bubba Jenkins will return to the Bellator MMA cage on June 26 when he meets Joe Wilk at Bellator 139.
The featherweight matchup will air on the preliminary card, which streams on MMAjunkie prior to the Spike TV-televised main card at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan.
Jenkins, as well as a senior Bellator official, confirmed the matchup to MMAjunkie.
Joe Schilling meets promotional newcomer Hisaki Kato at Bellator 139
Joe Schilling said in a recent interview that he’ll compete in consecutive MMA bouts for the first time since 2008 when he returns to action at Bellator 139 on June 26. Now he has an opponent in place.
Schilling (2-4 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) will make a three-month turnaround from his Bellator 136 loss to Rafael Carvalho when he competes against promotional newcomer Hisaki Kato (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
Bellator 139 takes place at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Ed Ruth's Bellator signing puts spotlight on UFC's Reebok deal
"I've been talking with all the major organizations, and at the end of the day, I really believe in what Scott Coker is doing with Bellator." Ruth said. "They're signing the top talent, they're putting on exciting fights, and they're letting me secure my own sponsors."
The issue of fighter sponsorship jumped to the forefront of MMA's collective conscious earlier this year when it was announced that MMA's flagship promotion, the UFC, would be signing an exclusive apparel deal with Reebok. The deal will make Reebok the UFC’s official uniform provider and will pay each fighter anywhere from $5,000-$40,000 per fight, depending on championship standing and tenure.
Three-time NCAA wrestling champion and 2016 Olympic hopeful Ed Ruth signs with Bellator
Three-time NCAA wrestling champion and 2016 Olympic hopeful Ed Ruth has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA, according to promotion officials.
Ruth, 25, is focused on representing the U.S. in the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro as a freestyle wrestler, but has previously revealed an interest in mixed martial arts.
Ed Ruth has aspirations of Olympic gold, and then "MMA gold." He has trained in MMA alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Hunter Martin/Getty Images
On Monday, Ruth confirmed his signing with Bellator in a released statement.
"I've known for a long time now that after I get Olympic gold around my neck, I was going to get some MMA gold for my waist," Ruth stated.
Ruth is the only three-time NCAA champion to ever come out of Penn State. He finished his collegiate career with an overall record of 136-3.