UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell has been suspended by the UFC for nine months following his UFC 164 victory over Brandon Vera. Rothwell was granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to use testosterone prior to UFC 164, but tested outside of the limits set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Rothwell’s suspension will be backdated to August 31.
The UFC’s parent company, Zuffa LLC., announced the suspension via press release:
As the result of a blood test indicating an elevated level of testosterone in his system following UFC 164 in Milwaukee, WI, on August 31, the UFC has suspended heavyweight Ben Rothwell for nine (9) months from the date of the contest.
Rothwell’s post-fight blood test was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. While the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has elected not to impose any discipline on Rothwell, to date, the UFC holds its athletes to a high standard of personal and professional conduct and finds that Rothwell’s actions merit the suspension as a violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.
Upon completion of his suspension, Rothwell must also submit a negative drug test before being allowed to compete in a UFC event.
It is interesting to note that the result of Rothwell’s UFC 164 victory over Vera was not overturned. This is likely due to the fact that it was the UFC, not the WDSPS, that doled out the suspension to the big man.