Andy Geer (left) and Dave O’Donnell. Photo courtesy of Ring Pics.
Cage Rage officials have announced that John Phillips have become the first fighter to test positive for a banned substance under the organization’s self-implemented drug testing program that was started in October 2007.
“John Phillips, from Team Trojan tested positive for one of the drugs on the current banned list,” promoters Dave O’Donnell and Andy Geer wrote in a statement on the promotion’s official website. “Although the drug is not recognized as a performance enhancing drug, it is nevertheless on the list and action has been taken.”
Phillips has now been prohibited from competing in any mixed martial arts events inside the United Kingdom for the next four months. His win over Jake Bostwick at last weekend’s Cage Rage event has also been changed to a no contest and his purse withheld.
EliteXC President Gary Shaw is credited with initiating the promotion’s drug-testing program, mainly because the country currently does not have a governing body which can rule over such matters concerning MMA.
It’s also important to note that since no such commission exists, Phillips can likely fight in the country during his suspension without having to face legal action. However it would potentially come with a ban from ever competing for Cage Rage again in the future.
EliteXC parent company ProElite purchased Cage Rage last year.
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