On Thursday afternoon the UFC released a statement announcing light heavyweight Joey Beltran had tested positive for Nandrolone, a performance enhancement drug (PED), and that he would be suspended for 9 months. Beltran earned himself a Unanimous Decision win over Igor Pokrajac at UFC on FX 6, and while the UFC has not made it official, the result will likely be changed to a No Contest.
Beltran took to Twitter to defend himself, saying he didn’t cheat. Nandrolone is an intramuscular steroid, and is historically injected, but can now be taken orally as well.
Beltran posted on twitter:
I can say without a shadow of a doubt I did not inject Nandrolone into my body. I am sorry to my family and friends for the shame this brought to any of you. I promise soon the whole story will be told and I will go through whatever is necessary to find the reason for this. Positive test. I am at fault for taking a supplement or perhaps combination of something that caused my test result. My team and I will seek the truth. I am sorry once again and truly apologize to the people that matter the most to me.- Joey Beltran