Ben Rothwell possibly out of UFC 211 due to potential USADA violation

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Ben Rothwell might be out of UFC 211.

According to a statement released by the UFC on Tuesday, Rothwell tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition drug test administered by USADA on February 6. As a result, Rothwell was given a provisionary suspension as further investigations are being carried out.

Rothwell was expected to face former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum in the co-main event of UFC 211 on May 13. The UFC has not yet officially called off the fight so it is still unclear whether Werdum will receive a new opponent.

Rothwell’s management team released the following statement to regarding the potential Anti-Doping Policy violation.

“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,” the statement read, “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.”

The full statement released by the UFC can be read below.

“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.”


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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