Dutch television program Nieuwsuur reported four fighters tested positive for banned substances after urine tests administered by Dutch anti-doping authorities.
Heavyweight contender Badr Hari, former title challenger Mladen Brestovac, onetime light heavyweight contender Ariel Machado, and former GLORY fighter Hesdy Gerges all failed drug tests, according to the story.
Kickboxing Z contacted Glory for comment on the report, but received no response. Typically, promoters avoid comment on pending legal or administrative matters involving fighters.
Hadr returned to Glory last year after he served time in prison for assault. He defeated Gerges in their long-awaited rematch at GLORY 51 last March, but hasn’t fought since.
Gerges left Glory after the Hari loss. He recently made his MMA debut for the Bellator organization.
Machado was formerly ranked number one in the light heavyweight weight category (95 kg). He was recently removed from the GLORY rankings, and is no longer listed as one of the organization’s light heavyweights on the Glory website.
Brestovac unsuccessfully challenged Rico Verhoeven for the promotion’s heavyweight crown last June in Britain. The Croatian fighter is the current Final Fight Championship heavyweight king, and knocked out challenger Jhonata Diniz at FFC 31 in October in Las Vegas.
Nieuwsuur contacted the fighters for responses. Brestovac acknowledged he received correspondence regarding the test, but told the program he doesn’t understand the letters because he doesn’t speak Dutch. Hari and Machado did not respond to requests for comment. Gerges did not want to comment.
According to the article, the fighters can be suspended for up to four years for the violations. The tests were administered by the Doping Authority, and judges from the ISR (Institute of Sports Law) will hear the cases.
The fighters “will have the opportunity to submit statements to the ISR disciplinary judges”, the story stated.