Rothwell Flagged for USADA Violation
UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation by USADA, the UFC announced on Wednesday.
Rothwell was set to fight former champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 211 in May, but that fight has reportedly been scrapped.
It was not reported what substance Rothwell was flagged for. Shortly after the news was released, the top-10 heavyweight released the following statement to MMAFighting:
“With the recent news received from USADA, I would like to take this time to let everyone know I have been under the care of a physician and trying 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 as I go through the process with USADA.”
Rothwell was previously suspended for elevated levels of testosterone in 2013. USADA may take this into account when handling his current situation.