Hardy Opponent Banned Two Years By USADA

The last man to get trounced by ex-NFL player, Greg Hardy, was suspended for two years on Tuesday by USADA.

The UFC’s drug-testing body announced that Dmitrii Smoliakov will be out until 2021 after failing two drug tests prior to his April loss to Hardy.

“Smoliakov, 37, tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) and intact human chorionic gonadtrophin (hCG) as the result of urine samples he provided out-of-competition on April 22, 2019 and in-competition on April 27, 2019 at ESPN+ (Fight Night) 10, where he lost by technical knockout,” USADA officials wrote in a statement.

“rHuEPO is a synthetic hormone used to stimulate the body’s production of red blood cells, thereby increasing oxygen transport and aerobic power, and is prohibited at all times in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. hCG is also in the class Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics and its use is prohibited for males at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”

Following the first-round knockout loss of Hardy, Smoliakov was released from the promotion, losing all three fights he had inside the Octagon.

Even though he no longer fights for the promotion, Smoliakov is still banned until April 22nd, 20121.

While the ban applies in the countries and organization that recognize USADA’s authority. Smoliakov is set to fight for Fight Nights Global in October.

Report: MMA Fighting

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