Coming off back-to-back MMA wins, Kimbo Slice is set to return to the cage in July for a rematch against James Thompson, who he defeated back in 2008.
The fight will headline Bellator MMA’s televised event on Spike TV, taking place on July 16 at London’s O2 Arena.
Slice (6-2) will fight, despite testing positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, and an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, stemming from his most recent fight against Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris back in February.
The 42-year-old fighter was immediately placed on a 90-day suspension by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR), per that commission’s standard procedures. Despite the suspension, he’s free to compete in London, because it’s outside the jurisdiction of the TDLR.
“He was put on a 90-day suspension outside of Texas, which will be ending sometime in May,” Bellator MMA president Scott Coker said. “So he’ll be cleared and ready to fight by July.
“We go by what the athletic commission says. We don’t want to get into the rules and regulations and testing procedures because every state has its own regulations and punishments. So it’s a little tricky. If there was a national federation or national association with rules and regulations across the board that every state abided by, that’d be one thing, but for us, every state is different.”
His win over Dada 5000 will likely change to a no contest.
Additionally, a Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley rematch will serve as the co-main event.