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UFC heavyweight James Mulheron insists he is no drugs cheat, and has vowed to return better than ever at the end of his suspension.

Mulheron, of South Shields, failed a drugs test in November and has accepted a one-year suspension - starting from the time of that test.

I've worked hard for ten so to think I anything The topranked UK heavyweight tested positive for clomiphene anything to my opportunity crazy and its metabolite hydroxyclomiphene after an out-of competition urine test from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on November 10. Mulheron says he has no idea how the banned substance - which is said to 'indirectly promote the secretion of testosterone and is banned because it has not been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy', according to USADA - got into his system, but believes that it was unintentional through the use of a supplement he was taking.

After accepting the ban, he told us: "It's in my system, but not intentionally. God knows what I have had for it to get there.

extremely years... would do or take jeopardise is "I have already passed three tests prior to this.

"I've worked extremely hard for 10 years in this sport to get to the UFC, so to think I would do anything or take anything to jeopardise my opportunity is crazy.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but all that matters are my family and friends. No matter what you do in life people are going to hate and want to see you fail. I can only smile at those people.

"I will be back and better than ever at the end of the year. Thanks to all the people who have supported me and also my sponsors too."

Mulheron's ban meant he was pulled from what should have been his second fight with the world's biggest mixed martial arts promotion.

He lost his debut in July to American Justin Willis in Glasgow, and was then removed from UFC Fight Night 122 event in Shanghai on November 25.

The 29-year-old will stay in the USADA registered testing pool and make himself available for testing in order "to receive credit" for time completed under his sanction.

At the time of his failed test, Mulheron also wrote on his Facebook page: "Everyone who knows me will know there is not a chance on this earth of me jeopardising my career, in any way, shape or form. To fight on the first UFC event ever here in Shanghai would be absolutely insane.

"I know the rules and by God I would not consider breaking them for nothing and nobody.

"We are working hard to resolve this and find out what is going on here, with USADA testing randomly in and out of competition, and all my recent tests coming back fine, it's safe to say something has drastically gone wrong.

"We are now working with USADA to examine all my current off-the-shelf supplements, purchased from reputable national retailers."

Mulheron signed with the UFC after winning 11 of 12 bouts, and avenged his only defeat to Ruben Wolf. That run saw him become the UK's top-ranked heavyweight fighter as he won Made4TheCage British and European titles and also competed at Bellator.

Mulheron will be able to return to the cage in November.

th"I've worked extremely hard for ten years... so to think I would do anything or take anything to jeopardise my opportunity is crazy

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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Feb 4, 2018
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