Melvin Guillard fails Bellator 159 drug test for non-PED banned substance, suspended one year

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Melvin Guillard finally picked up his first win inside a Bellator cage last month, knocking out David Rickels at Bellator 159. Now that win has been overturned, and he’s been suspended for a years after he tested positive for a banned substance in a test taken the night of the event.

According to multiple published reports, the Kansas Athletic Commission revealed on Friday that Guillard tested positive for a non-PED banned substance, but they could not legally reveal the specific substance for which he was flagged. That puts it in the drugs of abuse category on the banned list, which is then left to speculation from there.

It’s not the first time Guillard’s been popped on a drug test, as he infamously tested positive for cocaine back in 2007 prior to a UFC bout with Joe Stevenson. The 33-year-old is now once again winless since July of 2014, and he won’t have a chance to change that status until July of 2017.

Penick’s Analysis: I can’t say it’s a surprise, but it’s quite unfortunate for him after he finally got into the win column. He was talking about a move up to 170 lbs. and a fight with Paul Daley that probably would have come together. Now he’s out for a year and may even lose his spot on the Bellator roster as a result. If not, it’s still questionable what kind of shape he’s going to come back in after another year out of action.

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