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Kimbo Slice and James Thompson are set to meet again this summer in a rematch of their infamous 2008 encounter.
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker announced the bout during a Sunday appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Slice-Thompson 2 will be a main component of Bellator’s London debut, which takes place July 16 at O2 Arena.
Coker was questioned over his decision to book Slice so quickly after the Slice’s failed drug test following his Feb. 19 victory over Ken Shamrock. However, Coker said that Slice was suspended for 90 days by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and that the organization does not involve itself in regulatory matters.
“One of the things that Bellator has been very, very forthright in our testing procedure, is that we go by what the athletic commission says,” Coker explained. “We don’t self-regulate. We don’t test these athletes ourselves. When we go into, let’s say California, Andy Foster tells us exactly what the testing procedure is, the rules and regulations, what he wants, and we abide by that. Same thing in Texas. Same thing in Florida.
“[Slice] was put on a 90-day suspension outside of Texas, which will be ending sometime in May, so he’ll be cleared and ready to fight by July 16.”
Slice and Thompson first met under the EliteXC banner for a May 2008 contest in Newark, N.J. Although Thompson outstruck his opponent over the course of the bout, Slice was declared the winner early in the third round after a punch busted open the Englishman’s cauliflower ear. The fight set a new ratings record at the time, drawing more than 7 million viewers to CBS.
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Sherdog.com on Monday received laboratory results from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in response to a records request submitted on March 2. According to the documents, Shamrock and Slice were flagged for elevated testosterone/epitestosterone levels, and both tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.
Testosterone/epitestosterone levels are reported as elevated by the lab when the result is greater than 4:1. Shamrock tested higher than three times the allowed limit at 12:1, while Slice’s results were greater than than 6:1.
The documents also reveal that Shamrock tested positive for the opioid methadone, with reported levels of 370 nanograms per milliliter. The threshold for a positive test is 300 ng/ml.
Shamrock was stopped by Royce Gracie in the first round of their headlining encounter at Bellator 149, which took place Feb. 19 in Houston, Texas. Slice -- whose real name is Kevin Ferguson -- was victorious over Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris via third-round knockout.
Gracie and Harris were among a list of six additional fighters who were tested and cleared at Bellator 149. Also tested were Emmanuel Sanchez, Daniel Pineda, Richard Knepp and Juan Torres.
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