UFC light heavyweight Joey Beltran and middleweight Rousimar Palhares were both suspended following positive drug tests after their UFC on FX 6 fights in Gold Coast, Australia. In a statement released by the promotion, both tested positive for performance enhancement drugs and will be suspended for nine months. In addition, both fighters will be required to pass a drug test before being re-licensed.
According to the release, Palhares tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone after his bout with Hector Lombard. Palhares was knocked out in the first round so the result of the bout will remain a loss on his record.
Meanwhile, Beltran tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone in the wake of his win over Igor Pokrajac. Beltran defeated Pokrajac by unanimous decision, meaning the outcome is likely to be changed to a No Contest. The UFC has yet to comment on the status of the result.
The suspensions will retroactively start on December 14, 2012 and last nine months. The UFC oversaw the drug testing because of the lack of commission in Australia. This is the usual practice for when the UFC holds fights in locations without commissions.