Ruslan Magomedov Banned For Life By USADA For Drug Violations

Ruslan Magomedov has been banned for life from competing in MMA by USADA due to repeated drug violations.

Magomedov first ran into trouble with USADA in 2016 when he was banned for two years after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine.

At the time the Russian heavyweight held a 14-1 career record and had recorded three wins in a row since joining the UFC in 2014.

Upon his Magomedov’s return he was lined up to fight Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC 230 in November of last year, however he then subsequently withdrew from the fight and it’s now emerged that in October he tested positive for steroids.

To make a dire situation even worse, the 32-year-old then refused to take a urine test in February of this year, which also counts as a USADA violation.

As such, under the three-strikes-and-your-out rule, Magomedov has now received a lifetime ban.

Read USADA’s full statement on the matter below.

“USADA announced today that Ruslan Magomedov, of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, has received a lifetime sanction after his second and third violations of the UFC® Anti-Doping Policy.

Magomedov, 32, received a second violation after he tested positive for methyltestosterone metabolite 17α-methyl-5β-androstan-3α, 17β-diol, as well as stanozolol metabolites 3’-hydroxystanozolol-O-glucuronide, 16β-hydroxystanozolol-O-glucuronide, and stanozolol-N-glucuronide, as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample he provided on October 10, 2018. Methyltestosterone and stanozolol are non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

The athlete’s third violation resulted from his refusal to complete the sample collection process as requested by a doping control officer during an out-of-competition test on February 5, 2019. Refusing or failing to submit to sample collection, without compelling justification, is a doping violation under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”

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