USADA Suspends Lilya Shakirova For Two Years

UFC flyweight prospect Lilya Shakirova (8-2) has been banned from competing professionally for two years after she was found to have used a banned substance last year.

In a statement, USADA affirmed that the 29-year-old fighter tested positive for meldonium “as the result of a sample collected out of competition on December 5, 2020, in her home country of Uzbekistan.”

Use of Meldonium is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and the UFC Prohibited List. According to the USADA, Shakirova never admitted that she used meldonium on her onboarding declaration forms.

“Upon being added to the UFC Anti-Doping Program, athletes are required to declare prohibited substances they have used in the previous 12 months. An athlete who makes such declaration will not be deemed to have committed a violation but, depending on the substance, may be required to refrain from competition for at least six months and provide at least two negative samples,” the statement read.

The Uzbek fighter’s ineligibility began the date (December 5) her positive samples were taken.

The 29-year-old suffered a defeat the last time she was inside a UFC octagon. At UFC 254, Lauren Murphy defeated Shakirova via a rear-naked choke submission.

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