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Ben Rothwell notified of “potential” USADA anti-doping violation

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The UFC was informed yesterday by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of heavyweight Ben Rothwell’s potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample on Feb. 6.

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The UFC released the following statement on its website.

“The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Ben Rothwell of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on February 6, 2017. 

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. 

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Rothwell told MMA Fighting that he was overcoming a medical illness under the care of a physician,  and that he did not cheat or intend to cheat.

Rothwell (36-10-0), 35, was previously suspended for nine months in 2013 for testosterone levels despite a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). He was scheduled to fight Fabricio Werdum at UFC 211 May 13 but the bout has now been pulled. His previous contest was a decision loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 86.

The process continues.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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