Inaugural Athletic Commissioner for the province of British Columbia Dave Maedel reports that Ali Bagautinov tested positive for Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO), and has been suspended for a year.
The tests were administered by the BC AC, as Bagautinov fought and lost to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 174, on June 14, 2014 in Vancouver, BC.
The focus of the BC Athletic Commission is to ensure fighter safety and maintain the integrity of the sport so athletes are competing on a level playing field.
There were eight UFC 174 competitors tested on June 14, 2014, for the presence of banned substances, including the two flyweight title fighters and six random competitors. All competitors’ test results complied with World Anti-Doping Agency Standards subscribed to by the BC athletic commissioner, as well as our anti-doping policies.
In addition to the June 14 tests, Mr. Ali Bagautinov – one of the two flyweight title fighters – was tested out of competition on June 2, 2014.
Results received by this office from the June 2 tests on Mr. Bagautinov were positive for erythropoietin, or EPO – a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. These results were not available prior to the UFC 174 event due to lab processing times.
I have suspended Mr. Bagautinov’s licence to compete in British Columbia for a period of one year.
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The standard protocol across North America for the past several years has been to test the champion and the challenger in title fights, and some number of other fighters on the card at random. However, several progressive commissions have also conducted out of competition tests. In the tests where these were done by surprise, an alarming number have come up positive.
As noted by commissioner Maedel, the positive test was from the out of competition test. To their great credit, the out of competition test was paid for by the UFC.
UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy recently estimated that perhaps 60-70% of fighters in the UFC are taking PEDs. If this shameful situation is to be brought to a close, out of competition testing and severe penalties must become the norm.
According to a report on the Russian language news page MMABoxing.ru, Bagautinov was at the time of the fight already under a two-year suspension in Sambo, running from 9 November 2012 to November 8, 2014 , after he tested positive for the banned drug methylhexanamine.
The UFC released a statement saying Bagautinov must serve the one-year suspension, and must pass a drug test before receiving clearance to compete in the league again.
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