After quite a long time UFC’s Heavyweight division is warming up and picking up pace. Heavyweights like Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis and former title challenger Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou have paved the way for themselves at the top the division and prospects like Alexander Volkov and Tai Tuivasa are certainly in a conversation to face dominant champ Stipe Miocic in the near future.
However that was not the case some time ago. The division lost two of it’s ranked contenders in former UFC Heavyweight champion Josh ‘Warmaster’ Barnett and Ben Rothwell due to violation of UFC anti-doping policy. Recently Barnett won his battle against USADA but unfortunately that was not case for Rothwell as he accepts two-year sanction for violation of UFC’s anti-doping policy.
Rothwell,36, was tested positive for an anabolic androgenic steroid of exogenous origin following out-of-competition tests conducted on February 6,2017 and February 15,2017. Sophisticated carbon-isotope ratio mass spectrometry analysis confirmed the presence of synthetic anabolic agent in Rothwell’s sample.
Rothwell claimed that his positive test has resulted from his physician’s prescription of testosterone. Rothwell’s medical reports stated that testosterone has been prescribed and administered to him by his physician. Although Rothwell’s use of testosterone was under the supervision of a physician, according to USADA’s norms Rothwell failed to meet the criteria to obtain a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to authorize his usage of prohibited anabolic agent.
Rothwell’s two-year period of ineligibility began on February 6,2017 when his first sample was collected.
Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) last fought against former Heavyweights champion Junior Does Santos.He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Before this setback, Rothwell looked unstoppable with a four fight win streak against notable names in Brandon Vera, title challenger Alistair Overeem, Matt Mitrione and former champ Josh Barnett. He became the first fighter ever to submit Barnett.
MMA community will never miss his crafty gogo chokes and scary post-fight interviews.