In 2013 heavyweight Ben Rothwell was suspended for 9 months by the UFC after a pre-fight check at UFC 164 confirmed elevated ranges of testosterone. Rothwell was reportedly present process Testosterone Alternative Remedy on the time, however apparently didn’t have a Therapeutic Use Exemption.
Over a yr in the past, then ranked #5 on the earth, Rothwell was scheduled to fight Fabricio Werdum at UFC 211 in Could of 2017, however was provisionally suspended by USADA. Now the UFC has introduced that Rothwell has accepted a two-year suspension.
USADA introduced immediately that Ben Rothwell, of Kenosha, Wis., has accepted a two-year sanction for a violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Coverage after testing optimistic for a prohibited substance.
Rothwell, 36, examined optimistic for the presence of an anabolic androgenic steroid of exogenous origin following out-of-competition checks performed on February 6, 2017, and February 15, 2017. Subtle carbon isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) evaluation confirmed the presence of an artificial anabolic agent in Rothwell’s pattern. Exogenous anabolic androgenic steroids are labeled as non-Specified Substances within the class of Anabolic Brokers and are prohibited always beneath the UFC Anti-Doping Coverage, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) Prohibited Listing.
Upon notification of his potential violation, Rothwell claimed that his optimistic check had resulted from his doctor’s prescription of testosterone. Throughout USADA’s investigation, Rothwell submitted medical data demonstrating that testosterone was prescribed and administered to him by his doctor. Though Rothwell’s use of testosterone was beneath the supervision of his doctor, USADA’s impartial Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) committee decided Rothwell was unable to fulfill the standards to acquire a TUE to authorize his use of the prohibited anabolic agent beneath the UFC Anti-Doping Coverage.
Rothwell’s two-year interval of ineligibility started on February 6, 2017, the date his first optimistic pattern was collected.
‘Big Ben’ will probably be eligible to return to the Octagon in about ten months.