Ben Rothwell suspended due to high levels of testosterone
Big Ben received 9 months suspension for high testosterone levels following the win over Vera
Ben Rothwell received a nine-month suspension after he was tested with elevated levels of testosterone following his TKO win over Brandon Vera in UFC 164. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional service has issued a letter to UFC about the results of Rothwell’s post-fight tests and it is the promotion itself that handed him the punishment. The news was first reported in MMAjunkie.com.
Rothwell has been granted an exemption to undergo testosterone replacement therapy prior to his most recent bout. The 31 year old native of Wisconsin has stated that he was shocked about the results since he was supervised by a doctor and was tested weekly coming into the fight. He also added that WDSP has elected to give him an administrative warning. The UFC however, has decided to put him on shelf. The promotion has released a statement regarding the incident:
As the result of a blood test indicating an elevated level of testosterone in his system following UFC 164 in Milwaukee, WI, on August 31, the UFC has suspended heavyweight Ben Rothwell for nine (9) months from the date of the contest. Rothwell’s post-fight blood test was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. While the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has elected not to impose any discipline on Rothwell, to date, the UFC holds its athletes to a high standard of personal and professional conduct and finds that Rothwell’s actions merit the suspension as a violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. Upon completion of his suspension, Rothwell must also submit a negative drug test before being allowed to compete in a UFC event.
Big Ben will now wait until June before being eligible to compete again in the octagon. Rothwell has alternated wins and losses in all of his 6 UFC fights. He started this year with a submission loss to Gabriel Gonzaga before stopping Vera seven months later.
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