Rothwell notified of potential USADA violation
March 8, 2017
UFC Heavyweight Ben Rothwell has been notified of a potential UFC Anti-Doping Violation as USADA has flagged an out-of-competition sample from February 6th. Rothwell was scheduled to face Fabricio Werdum at UFC 211 on May 13 in Dallas.
Per the UFC Anti-Doping policy, Rothwell is provisionally suspended pending the USADA investigation.
MMA Fighting obtained a statement from Rothwell which indicates he has been under the care of a physician and is “trying to overcome a medical illness.”
The UFC issued its standard statement when a fighter is provisionally suspended by USADA.
It appears that we may have another case where a fighter will need to seek out a retroactive TUE due to the fact they ingested something that is on the prohibited list. We’ll see if USADA is responsive.