Ben Rothwell Suspended For Elevated Testosterone Levels; UFC Job In Jeopardy?

By Jeremy Green
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It appears UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell has tested positive for elevated testosterone levels after his win over Brandon Vera. This is devastating news for Rothwell as his win over Vera was quite dominant, and now he will have to sit out for months on a suspension.

Leading up to his bout, Rothwell said he received permission to use TRT because he had low levels of testosterone in his body. However, weeks before the fight, his levels reached too high, which is not acceptable in the UFC. Here is a brief statement of what Rothwell had to say regarding the matter:

” I have now been informed the UFC has elected to suspend me for nine months. I am not going to fight the suspension as I feel ultimately it is my responsibility to make sure I stay under the acceptable limit.”

This is devastating news for Rothwell because he will now have to sit on the sidelines for an extended period of time. This situation has happened before, so the UFC has had time to determine what the appropriate punishment is for this type of scenario. In Rothwell’s bout with Vera, he was able to pour it on in the third, moving erratically until he clipped Vera with a series of shots that forced him to the canvas.

It was all over from there, and it looked like Rothwell had turned a new leaf over in terms of his conditioning. Hopefully this doesn’t happen again, as Rothwell is one of the better heavyweights in the division and always brings entertainment for the fans.

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