Joey Beltran and Rousimar Palhares Both Suspended for Failed Drug Tests at UFC on FX 6

January 10, 2013
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Joey Beltran and Rousimar Palhares UFC on FX 6Joey Beltran and Rousimar Palhares both failed their drug tests at UFC on FX 6, which took place Dec. 15 in Australia, according to UFC officials.

Beltran, who defeated Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision, returned a positive result for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. The illegal performance enhancer cost Beltran the victory, which has been changed to a no contest, and also landed him a nine-month suspension, Marc Ratner, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, informed on Thursday.

Palhares tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone. He will also serve a nine-month suspension. He suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Hector Lombard.

Both men’s suspensions are retroactive to Dec. 15 (Dec. 14 in the U.S. due to the time difference).

“The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents,” read a statement released by UFC officials on Thursday.

“Both athletes have agreed to serve a nine-month suspension retroactive to December 14. They must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again.”

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  • checno

    I knew Beltran beating Pokrajac was too good to be true

  • Jesus Nkunku


  • This is getting out of hand. It’s really making the sport look bad. More and more guys testing positive. I’m very upset.

  • Advance*

    Who would have ever guessed Beltran would test positive? Crazy

    • Dave Stiles

      he looked a lot leaner more cut this fight. all his older fights he looked like a fat Mexican cholo lol

      • Advance*

        Haha that’s true but I just assumed that came with his cut to 205.

      • Joey

        You can go from looking out of shape and heavy, to lean and cut. Its not that difficult.

        Its the crazy concept called working out and dieting. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that to lose weight you must consume less calories then your metabolism burns per day.

  • MuayThaiFood

    It’s all about risk reward. Obviously there are a lot of fighters that think the reward is worth the 9 or 12 month suspension. I wonder how many of them would think it was worth risking a 5 year suspension. Maybe they need to think about better testing and longer suspensions if caught.

    • 5 years is excessive.

      • MuayThaiFood

        excactly that’s the whole point

  • jay

    its funny, all the beltran comments when palhaus is the one with the overeem build. As a steroid user (i dont use them to cheat a sport, just to look good, so save your dumb comments please) nandrolone is either deca (short acting) or npp (fast acting) and are usually used to help with injuries. They lubricate joints, and promote collagen synthesis, but they make you hold a lot of water and are detectable for 9-18 months. In terms of fighting, all nandrolone would have done is make his weight cut harder, so if he has a doctor story, it may very well be true, otherwise he was sticking himself with nandrolone and under the impression it was something else, like stanzolol or what bonnar popped for. If you can fight with a trt script, you can probably fight with a nandrolone prescription as well if you have a severely arthritic spine or something. This also could be a doctor thing he forgot to report, i wouldnt jump down his throat yet. I am for steroid use in sports under dr. supervision, but i am not for TRT because it picks who can and who can’t. Since they obviously cant control PED use, I say let them use, but make the doctor visits (dr of the ufc choosing) mandatory to check health.. Even though I am anti-TRT, a nandrolone prescription isnt the same thing. It does make your muscles bigger (ala palharas) but it does not make you a better fighter though it has a lot of real medical value for conditions that may not be his fault. (herniated discs from birth defect, rhuemoid arthritis, etc) All that muscle he holds is filled with water and make him a great powerlifter, but makes him feel heavy where he cant functionaly use that strength and it also makes him require a lot more oxygen so he gasses quicker.

    • triangler

      Good post.

  • dan

    And yet I still havent seen a GSP card drug test result in his last 5 or so fights. Where are those Dana?

  • Steve

    Whomever is giving Beltran advice about juice is an idiot. Why would you suggest nandrolene, it stay’s in your system 12-14 months.

  • kbroesq

    Too bad to hear that Beltran did that. I’ve always hated Palhares. The guy fights dirty, and complains about everything. Pretty funny he couldn’t even win the fight.

  • justin_e

    Shocking. Who would have thought whosim-r was juicin? Oh, everyone. That’s who. Too bad fans only care about fighters juicing if they are female and named cyborg.

  • Sebastian Sassi

    Palhares is a one trick pony that needs to be doing jiu-jitsu events where he doesn’t have to worry about getting punched and kicked. He’s had his brains beaten every time he’s faced someone who knows how to defend a leg lock or not been able to take them down, even while cheating. I gotta think for his own safety he needs another sport.

    There’s no money in it and that’s why he’s hanging around, but he’s not a serious contender. If he thinks he’d ever get anywhere near leg locking anyone in the top of that division, he’s fooling himself.