Sidney Outlaw is removed from the Bellator Grand Prix after a positive drug test.
The Bellator lightweight Grand Prix will be continuing on without one of the top athletes in the division, Sidney Outlaw. It was announced on Tuesday that Outlaw had tested positive for three prohibited substances in an out-of-competition drug test. The news was first reported by MMA Junkie. Because of these violations, Outlaw was been removed from the Grand Prix set to begin on March 10.
Outlaw tested positive for three different substances in a sample that he submitted earlier in February. The substances that were flagged were ostarine, cardarine, and anastrozole, all of which are illegal for fighters.
Sidney Outlaw will be replaced in the Grand Prix by Brent Primus
The punishment handed out to Outlaw will be a six-month suspension. Due to this he will be out of his scheduled fight against Mansour Barnaoui and is out of the Grand Prix altogether. He will be replaced by Brent Primus in the tournament.
Outlaw has been with Bellator since November of 2019. He came to the organization following an impressive run on the regional scene. He fought Michael Chandler in just his second fight in Bellator and although he lost has proven that he is a tough fight for anyone on the roster. This is a huge setback, especially since he must now be removed from the tournament. The winner of the Grand Prix is set to win one million dollars.
Primus is a former Bellator champion and veteran of the promotion. He has had a bit of a rough go of late, having lost two of his last three. Primus is a great addition to the Grand Prix. He is a fan favorite and could be a finalist at the end of it.
The participants of the lightweight Grand Prix are, Usman Nurmagomedov, Benson Henderson, Mansour Barnaoui, Brent Primus, Tofiq Musayev, Alexandr Shabliy, A.J. McKee, and Patricky Pitbull.
Outlaw will be eligible to return to action on August 4, 2023.