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Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015

Mike Richman Issues Apology After Positive Test For Steroids, Receiving Two Year Suspension

Mike Richman (photo via Bellator)

By FCF Staff

Following a decision loss to Eduardo Dantas last month, Mike Richman has failed his post-fight drug test, and the bantamweight fighter has apologized for his actions.

On Tuesday, it was reported that the California State Athletic Commission will be suspending Richman for two years, after he tested positive for a banned substance. The fighter is also to be fined $2,5000.

Sherdog.com was the first to report the news, and the outlet relayed Richman was flagged for steroid use. The CSAC would not disclose what Richman tested positive for, however, while citing privacy laws.

In a follow up post on Facebook the 29 year-old Richman made the following statement:

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.

Richman has gone 2-3 in his last five fights, and has been fighting for Bellator since 2012.

According to reports, Fernando Gonzalez tested positive for marijuana following his submission victory over Curtis Millender at Bellator 137. The welterweight has been suspended for 90 days and has been fined $1,500.

posted by FCF Staff @ 7:42 pm
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