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Former Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton has been suspended 90 days after testing positive for marijuana.


The Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation confirmed the suspension to ESPN.com on Thursday. The news was reported earlier by The MMA Report.

"It is important for all athletes to abide by the rules of the governing commission and we fully support the commission in their decision," Bellator said in a statement. "We look forward to seeing Mr. Newton get back in the cage once he serves his suspension."


Newton (25-8) forfeited his 205-pound title to Liam McGeary via unanimous decision at Bellator 134 on Feb. 27 in Uncasville, Connecticut. Newton, 31, had won seven consecutive bouts prior to the title loss.

Department director Mike Mazzulli said he did not have Newton's test results on hand for determining levels of the drug, but stated there is a "zero tolerance" policy for cannabis. The department also fined Newton $3,000.


Mazzulli declined to disclose Newton's fight purse. He said the $3,000 fine is consistent with previous cases. Newton has the right to appeal.




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