Rousimar Palhares And Joey Beltran Suspended Nine Months After Positive Drug Tests

Middleweight Rousimar Palhares and light heavyweight Joey Beltran have both been suspended for positive drug tests following UFC on FX 6 in Australia. Palhares tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and Beltran test positive for Nandrolone.

The UFC released a statement on Thursday,

“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.”

Palhares lost his second fight in a row, as Hector Lombard knocked him out in the first-round. Because Palhares lost, his fight result will not be overturned.

Beltran came away with an upset win over Croatia’s Igor Pokrajac, giving him his first UFC win at light-heavyweight. That win is likely to be overturned to a no-contest.

Beltran has already taken to Twitter to deny doing wrong on purpose.

“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.- Joey Beltran”


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