Magomedov Banned From UFC Competition

Ruslan Magomedov has joined the rare list of fighters to receive a lifetime ban from the UFC, as the heavyweight prospect has been barred for refusing to take a PED test.

Magomedov, who was 3-0 while in the UFC, has been out of the Octagon since 2016 due to failing an out-of-competition drug test. Following a two-year suspension, Magomedov was set for a UFC 230 return that would be halted due to what was thought to be visa issues.

Per MMA Mania, Magomedov actually had failed a drug test in October of this year, causing for another suspension to be carried out against the Russian fighter. On Tuesday it was revealed that when asked to take another test by USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, Magomedov outright refused.

Following that revelation, USADA announced a permanent suspension for his refusal.

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.

Initial Report: MMA Mania

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