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Ex-Bellator Champ Warren Suspended for Marijuana

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Former Bellator bantamweight and featherweight Joe Warren has been suspended for 90 days after failing his post-fight test at Bellator 143, according to MMAFighting.

Warren defeated L.C. Davis in a three-round unanimous decision, but failed his test shortly after— surpassing Texas’ threshold for marijuana metabolites by 3 ng/ml in his system, based on documents obtained by The MMA Report.

It was rumored that Warren would replace an injured Eduardo Dantas to challenge Marcos Galvao for the promotion’s bantamweight title on Oct. 24 in Uncasville, Connecticut. The fight never materialized, but Bellator has yet to comment on whether the tests were revealed to them when attempting to make the last-minute title fight.

Warren’s failed test comes about a month after UFC welterweight Nick Diaz was issued a five-year suspension for testing positive for marijuana metabolites for the third time in his career. As most fighters did in the weeks that followed, Warren commented on Diaz’s situation, saying he’s the “first one to say, you break a law, you’ve got to deal with it,” he told MMAjunkie.

“He’s done it three times, and there’s offenses after the first offense,” Warren added during his Sept. 15 interview. “So we all know this. It sucks that they’re doing this because of THC – it’s not a performance-enhancing drug, and it’s legal in most of the states that we live in. But it’s the law, and he knows it, and we all know the law. It sucks.”

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