UFC newcomer Azamat Murzakanov test flagged

Monday, September 25, 2017

Azamat ‘The Professional’ Murzakanov signed with the UFC on the basis of a 7-0 record, all but one of which were first round stoppages. The prospect was matched with Joachim Christensen at UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa vs. Lee on June 25, 2017. However, Murzakanov was pulled from that fight.

Now it has been announced that Murzakanov failed an anti-doping test. Via UFC.com.

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Azamat Murzakanov of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on September 2, 2017.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Murzakanov. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. 

Murzakanov is not guilty. A number of fighters have been informed of potential anti-doping violations, and been found entirely innocent, with no punishment meted out. For example, last year Ning Guangyou of China, Augusto Montano from Mexico City, Mexico, and Li Jingliang, from Xinjiang, China all tested for positive for clenbuterol and will face no USADA sanction. Further, Islam Makhachev had a test flagged for Meldonium last year but was found No Fault. Fans should, emphatically, withhold judgment until far more information becomes available, which it will.

However, less than a week ago the UFC announced that undefeated Carlos ‘Boi’ Felipe had a test flagged. Like Murzakanov, the announcement came before the fighter ever stepped in The Octagon. Also in the past week it was announced that light heavyweight Nick Roehrick had agreed to a one-year suspension, following a test just a month after his first fight. This may be a pattern.

Fighters in the UFC know they are subject to random, comprehensive, out of competition PED testing. However, fighters wanting to sign with the UFC are too, and some PEDs can last in the body for up to 18 months. So that’s one more excellent reason to stay clear, whether you are in the UFC, or not.