Why Kimbo Slice And Ken Shamrock May Get 90-Day Suspensions Over Failed Drug Tests

Contributing Writer
03.21.16

We now know what drugs were found in Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock’s bodies following their respective fights at a Bellator event last month. According to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations, both fighters tested positive for the steroid nandrolone, while Shamrock also tested positive for methadone, a pretty sketchy opioid painkiller.

Ken Shamrock’s testosterone to epitestosterone ratio came back a whopping 12.4 to 1, and Kimbo Slice’s T:E ratio was 6.4 to 1. The average male has a very straightforward 1 to 1 ratio, with Texas setting the generous legal maximum of 4 to 1.

Fortunately for Slice and Shamrock, that’s not the only area of drug regulation where Texas plays things a little soft. According to MMA Fighting, the standard punishment for a failed drug test in the state is a 90 day suspension and $5000 fine. That’s right: a three month ban, which is pretty much meaningless considering very few fighters compete more than once in a three month period.

If that’s what both fighters get, they’ll be eligible to fight again in June. That’s getting off extremely light compared to fighters in the UFC who now face a two year suspension for drug violations. That’s part of the UFC’s strict new USADA drug testing program that can randomly test fighters at any time, making cheating extremely difficult.

In comparison, Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock only had to piss clean on the day of their fight, and they couldn’t even manage to do that. Will Bellator welcome the two fighters back onto a card once their expected Texas suspensions expire in a few months? We’ll have to wait and see. Not that we’ll have to wait very long.

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