Bellator MMA’s James Thompson Suspended
James Thompson, a 15-year veteran of professional MMA, has been suspended one year after failing an in-competition drug test earlier this month.
Thompson tested positive for drostanolone, a steroid. As a result, the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation has suspended Thompson from active competition for one year.
Mike Mazzulli, the director of the commission, further told MMA Fighting that he has reached out to the British promotion BAMMA, and he expects the organization to also honor the suspension should Thompson try to fight there.
The test was conducted on Dec. 15, the day of Bellator 191 in Newcastle, England. At the event, Thompson was defeated by Philip De Fries via submission in just 93 seconds. It was his third-straight loss.
Thompson (20-17, 1 NC) has competed in PRIDE, EliteXC, Dream and Bellator MMA. He holds notable victories over Dan Severn, Don Frye, Bob Sapp and Bobby Lashley. He’s also faced off with the likes of Alistair Overeem, Alexander Emelianenko and Kimbo Slice.