Joey Beltran en Rousimar Palhares negen maanden geschorst

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Rousimar Palhares en Joey Beltran zijn beide betrapt met doping. De middleweight en light heavyweight zijn hierdoor negen maanden geschorst door de UFC zelf. Dit komt doordat het event waar de vechters actief waren, UFC on FX 6, in Australië werd gehouden. De UFC gaf hierover het volgende statement:

“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 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 December 14. They must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again.”

Joey Beltran was de eerste vechter die een reactie gaf en beweert geen nandrolone in zijn lichaam te hebben gespoten. De “Mexicutioner” gaf via Twitter zijn reactie en beweert dat hij, net zoals Cyborg Santos en King Mo, een verkeerde supplement te heeft genomen. In Australie won hij van Igor Prokrajac via unanimous decision, maar zal nu het boeken in gaan als een No Contest.

“I can say without a shadow of a doubt I did not inject Nandrolone into my body. I am sorry to my family and friends for the shame this brought to any of you. I promise soon the whole story will be told and I will go through whatever is necessary to find the reason for this positive test. I am at fault for taking a supplement or perhaps combination of something that caused my test result. My team and I will seek the truth. I am sorry once again and truly apologize to the people that matter the most to me.”

Palhares zegt onschuldig te zijn, maar zal zijn schorsing accepteren. “Toquinho” zou een verhoogd testosteron niveau hebben. De Braziliaan verloor zijn gevecht tegen Hector Lombard en zal dus ook negen maanden niet in actie komen. Hij zei het volgende tegenover MMAjunkie.com:

“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 stated. “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.”