Ben Rothwell Pulled From UFC 211 Due to USADA Flag, Fighter Says he Has Not “Cheated”
By FCF Staff
Ben Rothwell is denying any wrongdoing, following the news that he’s been pulled from UFC 211, due to a potential anti-doping violation.
The heavyweight was scheduled to face Fabricio Werdum at the May 13th event, but recently USADA informed the UFC of a flag, following an out-of-competition test. The specific reason for the flag was not disclosed.
More recently, Rothwell’s team released the following statement from the fighter (via MMA Fighting):
“With the recent news received from USADA, I would like to take this time to let everyone know I have been under the care of a physician and trying to overcome a medical illness.
“I would appreciate the chance to show that I have not cheated nor did I intend to cheat. Please hold your opinions of me until all the facts are out. I appreciate everyone’s support as I go through the process with USADA.”
Rothwell tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone back in 2013. The veteran fighter had an exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), but the levels exceeded the allowed threshold.
The 35 year-old hasn’t fought since last April, when he lost via decision to Junior dos Santos.