This past month's Bellator 96 in Thackerville, Okla., appears to have produced the tournament-based promotion's first positive drug test.
A source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) that preliminary-card fighter Steven Artoff was flagged for marijuana and is due next month at a hearing held by the tribal commission that oversaw the event.
Carolyn Daniels of the Chickasaw Nation's Office of the Gaming Commissioner declined to confirm the positive test, citing medical privacy, but said the tribal commission does hire an independent lab to randomly test an average of six to eight fighters per event. A source close to the event said 12 fighters in total were tested at the June 19 event.
Bellator officials declined comment on the matter.
Bellator 96 took place at WinStar World Casino. The event's main card aired live on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.
Artoff, who was submitted by Justin McNally in the event's first preliminary-card bout, declined comment when asked whether he had tested positive for pot, but did say the commission tested him. A source close to the event said the fighter informed the commission prior to his drug test that he would test positive for marijuana.