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Rousimar Palhares and Joey Beltran Fail Drug Test

UFC on FX 6 may have taken place in Australia, away from a governing commission, but it doesn’t mean the UFC did not hold testing in the absence. Sticking to the books, the UFC caught two of their own using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), following the Sotiropolous vs. Pearson event on Dec. 14th.

Joey Beltran will have to wait a bit longer to get his first win at light heavyweight in the UFC, and that’s only if he even gets another chance to compete in the organization, because he has tested positive for the steroid, nandrolone. Beltran’s win over Igor Pokrajac will now be reversed to a no-contest. While that is good news for Pokrajac, the news most likely places Beltran’s employment in question.

Rousimar Palhares however, did not get popped for anything specific, but he did test high for levels of testosterone. This is a similar situation Alistair Overeem, where his levels tested as high as 14:1. Now both fighters will have to sit out for nine months. Why not a year you ask?

Well, that is because these fighters tested positive in an international show and not in the US. When the UFC takes its show international they regulate the shows themselves when there is no governing body to do it. So, the UFC has determined that both fighters will be suspended nine months retroactive to their December 14th fight date. Also, they will have to pass a drug test upon their return. Below is the official statement released by the fight promotion on the situation.

“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 Dec. 14. They must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again.”

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