Hari & Machado Suspended, Two Others Reprimanded
GLORY Kickboxing has announced that three of its star athletes have been suspended as a result of breaching the promotion’s anti-doping rules, while a fourth will be fighting his suspension.
According to a press release from GLORY, three heavyweights — Badr Hari, Hesdy Gerges and Mladen Brestovac — and one light heavyweight — Ariel Machado — have anti-doping violations and sanctions against them. Testing was conducted by Doping Autoriteit Netherlands (DAN) with sanctions then determined by Instituut Sportrechtspraak (ISR), the Netherlands’ national sporting authority.
“GLORY takes a strong stance against the use of prohibited substances and expects the highest standards from its athletes,” Marshall Zelaznik, GLORY CEO said in the release. “GLORY is committed to remaining a leader in the fight against the use of performance-enhancing substances in our sport.”
Hari and Gerges’ failed drug tests have resulted in their three-round, main event bout from GLORY 51 being overturned from a Hari decision win to a No Contest. Hari will be suspended 19 months, with the suspension retroactive to May 7, 2018. He will be eligible to return to GLORY action on Dec. 7, 2019.
Gerges, however, denies any usage of performance-enhancing drugs and he will be fighting his reprimand.
Machado challenged Artem Vakhitov for the GLORY Light Heavyweight Title at GLORY 47, losing a controversial decision. He has accepted a 20-month suspension, retroactive to Dec. 21, 2017, meaning he will be eligible to return on Aug. 21, 2019.
Brestovac tested positive following his failed title bid at GLORY 54 against heavyweight champ Rico Verhoeven. He has not been suspended but faces an official reprimand.