Joey Beltran: "I Did Not Inject Nandrolone into My Body"

Craig AmosFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2013

July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; James Te Huna (left) fights Joey Beltran (right) during the light heavyweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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MMA Weekly reported on Jan. 10 that both Joey Beltran and Rousimar Palhares have incurred nine month suspensions following positive UFC on FX 6 post-fight drug tests. 

For his part, Beltran denies having any knowledge of intentionally putting nandrolone, the anabolic steroid he was suspended for, into his body. 

Promptly after news broke of his positive test, Beltran took to Twitter to explain himself:

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...

Not content with his message in just 140 characters, Beltran continued to explain with this follow up Tweet:

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..

He goes on:

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 ...

And concludes:

Seek the truth. I am sorry once again and truly apologize to the people that matter the most to me - Joey Beltran

While it seems Beltran wants his hands washed of any intentional wrongdoing, MMA Weekly reports that the UFC has stated that both Beltran and Palhares "have agreed to serve a nine-month suspension," which suggests he won't be appealing the ruling.

The result from Beltran's UFC on FX 6 bout with Igor Pokrajac will be changed from a Beltran victory to a no contest, no doubt a major disappointment for the hard-headed slugger, who thought he had found his first in-Octagon victory since defeating Aaron Rosa back in June, 2011.

Beltran's jubilant reaction to scoring the would-be victory over Pokrajac last December will have to wait until at least this September, or longer, before reemerging. 

The result of Rousimar Palhares's UFC on FX 6 match will stand because he was soundly defeated by Hector Lombard via first-round knockout.