The UFC on Thursday suspended Ben Rothwell due to an elevated level of testosterone in his system following his UFC 164 bout against Brandon Vera. The regulatory body overseeing the event, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, has thus far not imposed any discipline on Rothwell, according to UFC officials.
Rothwell won the bout via TKO stoppage in the third round.
While the UFC saw fit to suspend Rothwell, the promotion lacks the authority to affect the decision.
UFC officials released the following statement regarding Rothwell on Thursday:
As the result of a blood test indicating an elevated level of testosterone in his system following UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Aug. 31, the UFC has suspended heavyweight Ben Rothwell for nine months from the date of the contest.
Rothwell’s post-fight blood test was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. While the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has elected not to impose any discipline on Rothwell, to date, the UFC holds its athletes to a high standard of personal and professional conduct and finds that Rothwell’s actions merit the suspension as a violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.
Upon completion of his suspension, Rothwell must also submit a negative drug test before being allowed to compete in a UFC event.