According to reports, the Bellator lightweight champion was given a suspension of six months and a fine of $50,000 after the California State Athletic Commission Executive Director Andy Foster confirmed the failed test. The substance in question was in relation to some prescription medication as Nurmagomedov’s win over Brent Primus at Bellator 300 was changed into a no-contest. Despite this being the case, Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, stood by his fighter. Meanwhile, Usman had his own statement in response.
“Usman was prescribed medication for an illness he had. It’s not an anabolic steroid, EPO, HGH, etc. Nothing enhancing. He will rematch Primus and get back in the tournament,” Ali Abdelaziz (Nurmagomedov’s manager) stated
“A few months before my fight, I was undergoing treatment, but unfortunately, I did not notify the Athletic Commission in advance. I would like to note that the California State Athletic Commission conducted its own full investigation, where I provided all the necessary documents, doctor notes and medical certificates, thanks to which the period of my disqualification was reduced to 6 months, instead of longer suspensions accepted in such cases,” Nurmagomedov revealed
Despite Usman’s attempts to explain the situation, McGregor took the opportunity to rub salt in the wound with some unsavory comments.
“I am not one bit surprised upon hearing another of the Nurmagomedov team testing positive for steroids. Hypocrites of the highest order. Steroids are HARAM. The shame of Allah [God] hangs over the Nurmagomedov clan. Cheaters! Abdulmanap is doing tumbles in his grave,” McGregor said