Ali Bagautinov suspended for one year for failed PED test

by Kirik Jenness |

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, 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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ErikMagraken site profile image  

7/12/14 4:17 PM by ErikMagraken


rockwell site profile image  

7/12/14 4:07 PM by rockwell

Sorry if I've missed it but was Bagautinov the only one surprise tested?

spirello site profile image  

7/12/14 9:26 AM by spirello

Biggest suspects of EPO are the guys with a lot of muscle and crazy gas tankWho fits into that category I WONDER?

DeLishis site profile image  

7/12/14 2:17 AM by DeLishis

No more EPO? R.I.P 5 rounders :(

C-Hamzeh site profile image  

7/11/14 11:38 PM by C-Hamzeh

Funny thing was demetrious was breathing fine at the end. Ali was positive for that fight? Lol

Fed site profile image  

7/11/14 7:59 PM by Fed

ignore him bro hes just a bro scientist with a dash of whiny beta

YHTOMIT2001 site profile image  

7/11/14 7:17 PM by YHTOMIT2001

You're the one losing the debate here. Of course people are using PEDs in MMA, like any sport. No one is debating that. But to say that a fighter can't fight for 25 minutes w/o them is just stupid. Especially when you're saying that to someone that's fought 25 minutes w/o any PEDs.

MolsonMuscles site profile image  

7/11/14 6:58 PM by MolsonMuscles

One of the side effects is getting your ass kicked by Mighty Mouse, apparently.

whoabro site profile image  

7/11/14 6:25 PM by whoabro

So what are the side effects of using a reasonable amount of epo?

rkm456 site profile image  

7/11/14 6:00 PM by rkm456

It should be clear to anyone capable of reading and using google that any athlete can be using PED's.