Bellator’s Derek Anderson Suspended for Not Disclosing Kidney Issues on Pre-Fight Medicals

By Tristen Critchfield May 10, 2021


Derek Anderson has been handed a six-month suspension for failling to disclose medical issues he had prior to his loss to Michael Page at Bellator 258 this past Friday.

Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation Executive Director Michael Mazzulli told MMAFighting.com that Anderson did not mention he suffered from kidney failure during training camp on his pre-fight medicals. Two days ago, the fighter revealed that those issues hindered his training camp prior to facing Page.

“Love to be back ASAP but went to the hospital [four] times as I was having kidney failure my whole camp and could hardly train,” Anderson wrote on Instagram. “I wanted to make this fight happen. I’ll be back after a short vacation to recover and now I have some new wounds to lick.”

In order to have that sanction lifted before it ends on Nov. 7, Anderson must do the following: an MRI and ultrasound of his kidney; blood tests; a consultation with a kidney specialist and weekly visits to his physician for a weight check for the next four weeks. Anderson already received a 120-day medical suspension for the broken nose he suffered against Page.

“These fighters have to understand it’s a serious thing to lie on the pre-fight physical,” Mazzulli told MMAFighting.

Anderson fell to Page via technical knockout due to a doctor stoppage after one round at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasvile, Conn., on Friday. Prior to that defeat, the California native had been victorious in his previous three Bellator appearances.

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