Joey Beltran, Rousimar Palhares Suspended 9 Months for Failed UFC on FX 6 Drug Tests
Ultimate Fighting Championship
officials Thursday announced
that both Rousimar
failed their post-fight drug tests at UFC on FX
Palhares tested positive for elevated testosterone, and
Beltran tested positive for nandrolone following their
respective bouts at UFC on FX 6 in Australia,” the official
statement read. “The UFC organization has a strict, consistent
policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing
drugs, stimulants or masking agents.”
The release also states that both fighters have agreed to serve
nine-month suspensions, retroactive to their Dec. 15 fight date.
Additionally, they must pass a drug test at the conclusion of their
suspensions in order to receive clearance to fight again. While
Palhares suffered a first-round technical knockout to former
Bellator middleweight king Hector
Lombard to kick off the evening’s main draw on FX, Beltran took
a hard-fought unanimous decision from Croatian talent Igor
Pokrajac during the Fuel TV-broadcast prelims. However, that
victory has been changed to a no-contest, according to UFC
executive Marc Ratner, who confirmed the change with Sherdog.com on
UFC on FX 6 took place at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Gold
Coast, Australia, and was headlined by a lightweight showdown
between “Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. U.K.” coaches George
Sotiropoulos and Ross
Pearson. Pearson stopped his fellow coach in the third round of
their main event, earning a technical knockout over the Aussie in
his return to the lightweight division.
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