UFC fighters Palhares, Beltran fail drug tests

January 11, 2013, 12:07 AM


TORONTO — UFC middleweight Rousimar Palhares and light-heavyweight Joey (The Mexicutioner) Beltran have been suspended for nine months after failing drug tests, according to the UFC

"Rousimar Palhares tested positive for elevated testosterone and Joey Beltran tested positive for nandrolone, following their respective bouts at UFC on FX 6 in Australia," the UFC said in a statement Thursday.

"The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. Both athletes have agreed to serve a nine-month suspension retroactive to Dec. 14. They must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again."

Palhares, a 32-year-old Brazilian, was beaten by Hector Lombard. He released a statement to MMAjunkie.com on Friday claiming he did not knowingly take any banned substances but accepting the punishment.

“I’ve always been extremely regimented with my diet and would not use anything that could harm my body or my performance inside the octagon,” Palhares said. “And it wasn’t different this time. I never had the intention to cheat. I’ve got almost 30 fights in my career, most of them in the UFC. I have been subjected to several surprise tests, and there was never anything wrong. Besides, I knew that I would be tested after the fight in Australia because it is standard in the UFC. I have a clear conscience, but accepted the punishment. The rules are there for everyone and must be followed.

“I consulted with my doctor, and he will go over all food supplements used in my preparation for the fight and the test results. I want to know exactly what happened that made the testosterone rate unusual in my body.”

Meanwhile Beltran was insistent he did no wrong.

The 31-year-old California fighter defeated Igor Pokrajac on the Dec. 14 televised card in Australia. The win has been changed to a no contest.


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