There is a trend happening in the UFC right now. Before even debuting in the organization, fighters are getting popped by USADA for potential doping violations. The latest victim is light heavyweight 7-0 prospect, Azamat Murzakanov.
It is almost happening like clockwork at the moment. It feels like once a week, the UFC is issuing a statement about someone failing a drug test. Last week, it was debuting heavyweight, Carlos Felipe, who was flagged by USADA. Felipe, like Murzakanov, hasn’t even made his UFC debut yet.
The UFC issued a statement on Murzakanov.
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. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
On September 2, Murzakanov posted to his Instagram and it translates to, “Today, the USADA officer has visited, now we are waiting for the result!”
Unfortunately, being flagged was the result.