Much like fellow suspended fighter Joey Beltran, Rousimar Palhares is denying using anything illegal. UFC officials confirmed on Thursday night that both Beltran and Palhares had been suspended for nine months following failed drug tests from UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson.
Palhares, who lost to Hector Lombard on the card, was found to have elevated levels of testosterone-to-epitestosterone in his system. It was the first failed drug test of his career.
“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,” said Palhares, in a statement released to MMAjunkie.com. “And it wasn’t different this time. I never had the intention to cheat. I have a clear conscience, but accepted the punishment.”
Beltran stated his case on Twitter, and also accepted the suspension while not admitting any wrongdoing.
UFC officials oversaw the testing because the event took place in Australia, where there is no governing athletic commission.