Rousimar Palhares denies taking banned substance but accepts 9 month suspension

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

The UFC middleweight releases his first statement since the announcement of his failed drug test at UFC On FX 6.

On Thursday, the UFC announced that both Light Heavyweight Joey Beltran and Middleweight Rousimar Palhares failed their post fight drug screening following UFC On FX 6. Beltran tested positive the anabolic steroid Nandrolone and Palhares for elevated levels of testosterone. Both men were suspended 9 months from the date of the event, December 15.

That evening Beltran addressed the failed test yesterday via Twitter. He denied injecting the steroid and apologized to his fans. Friday, Palhares addressed his failed test with a statement to MMA Junkie:

"I've always been extremely regimented with my diet and would not use anything that could harm my body or my performance inside the octagon," Palhares stated. "And it wasn't different this time. I never had the intention to cheat. I've got almost 30 fights in my career, most of them in the UFC. I have been subjected to several surprise tests, and there was never anything wrong. Besides, I knew that I would be tested after the fight in Australia because it is standard in the UFC. I have a clear conscience, but accepted the punishment. The rules are there for everyone and must be followed.

"I consulted with my doctor, and he will go over all food supplements used in my preparation for the fight and the test results. I want to know exactly what happened that made the testosterone rate unusual in my body."

Beltran won his fight against Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision. The UFC has not said whether or not they'll change to official ruling to no contest. Palhares was knocked out in the first round by Hector Lombard, so the failed test will have no impact on the fight's outcome.


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