USADA Banned UFC Heavyweight Prospect Ruslan Magomedov For Life

Ruslan Magomedov
Ruslan Magomedov

Ruslan Magomedov Draws A Lifetime Of Ban From USADA

UFC heavyweight contender, Ruslan Magomedov has a perfect score inside the Octagon 3-0 after melting out his opponents like Viktor Pesta, Josh Copeland, and Shawn Jordan starting date from May 2014 until October 2015. Since then “Leopard” is out of action.

The reason for that is Ruslan flunked an out-of-competition drug test collected on Sept. 7, 2016, by the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA). A Russian born Magomedov was set to face Stefan Struve at UFC 204 pay-per-view (PPV) on Oct. 8, 2016; however, he pulled out of the bout with a staph infection.

In February 2018, USADA handed Ruslan two years of suspension and fined $10,000 for the arbitration proceedings.

Ruslan was supposed to return to Octagon at UFC 230, but this time his bout was on hold due to visa issues. Now it’s revealed that Magomedov has been tested positive for anabolic steroids back in October 2018 and then in February 2019 he was asked for another follow-up out of competition drug test which he refused to complete.

Refusing to give a justification or not comply with a law is a doping violation under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

USADA had enough of this drama and dropped a lifetime ban hammer on the heavyweight prospect. (Via UFC.USADA.Org)

“USADA announced today that Ruslan Magomedov, of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, has received a lifetime sanction after his second and third violations of the UFC® Anti-Doping Policy.

Magomedov, 32, received a second violation after he tested positive for methyltestosterone metabolite 17α-methyl-5β-androstan-3α, 17β-diol, as well as stanozolol metabolites 3’-hydroxystanozolol-O-glucuronide, 16β-hydroxystanozolol-O-glucuronide, and stanozolol-N-glucuronide, as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample he provided on October 10, 2018. Methyltestosterone and stanozolol are non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

The athlete’s third violation resulted from his refusal to complete the sample collection process as requested by a doping control officer during an out-of-competition test on February 5, 2019. Refusing or failing to submit to sample collection, without compelling justification, is a doping violation under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

Magomedov’s lifetime period of ineligibility began on November 5, 2018, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.

USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. In an effort to aid UFC athletes, as well as their support team members, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on the UFC Anti-Doping Program website (https://UFC.USADA.org) regarding the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (https://UFC.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, and periodic athlete alerts. Many of the resources available to athletes are provided in multiple languages, including Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese.

Along with education and testing, robust anti-doping programs enable investigations stemming from tips and whistleblowers. USADA makes available a number of ways to report the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs in sport in an effort to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition. Any tip can be reported using the USADA Play Clean Tip Center, by email at [email protected], by phone at 1 877-Play Clean (1-877-752-9253), or by mail.”

Ruslan didn’t release any statement on the ruling yet. He becomes a first fighter who draws a lifetime of a ban from USADA.

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