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08 March 2017

Ben Rothwell flagged by USADA

UFC heavyweight fighter has been flagged by the USDA for potential doping violation

The UFC have released a statement detailing that USADA (United States. Anti- Doping Agency) had notified Rothwell of a potential Anti Doping Violation from a out of competition sample collected on Feb 6th 2017. 

The UFC stated  "The results will be handled by the independent administrator of the UFC and under UFC anti- doping policy there is a full fair legal review process afforded to all athletes before sanctions are imposed"

However, Rothwell has spoken out confidently regarding the collected sample on his Facebook page and said "I have been under the care of a physician 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 whilst I go through this process with the USADA."

Big Ben is currently holding a 36-10 MMA record and was due to face Fabricio Werdum at UFC 211 on May 13th 2017 in Dallas, Texas.