Emanuel Newton Tests Positive for Marijuana at Bellator 134, Suspended 3 Months

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 12, 2015
Emanuel Newton tested positive for marijuana following Bellator 134. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Ex-light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton tested positive for marijuana following his loss to Liam McGeary at Bellator 134.

Sherdog.com confirmed the results Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations Director Mike Mazzulli on Thursday following an initial report from The MMA Report. Newton had more than 100 ng/ml of marijuana in his system from a pre-fight urine sample submitted prior to the Feb. 27 event.

As a result, Newton was suspended 90 days and fined $3,000 due to the Mohegan commission’s zero tolerance policy on marijuana. He must submit a clean drug test in order to reapply for a license.

According to Mazzulli, a fighter can apply for a therapeutic use exemption for medical marijuana, but Newton did not submit such an application. Three other fighters – McGeary, Brennan Ward and Josh Diekmann – were also tested for drugs of abuse, masking agents and steroids. All three came back clean.

Newton lost the 205-pound strap in a five-round unanimous decision defeat to McGeary in the Bellator 134 headliner last month. That defeat ended a seven-fight winning streak under the Bellator banner for “The Hardcore Kid.”

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