'Disappointed' Dana White reacts to Ali Bagautinov failed drug test: 'We're all over it'

Scott Cunningham

UFC has issued an official statement on the heels of Ali Bagautinov's failed drug test, which was administered prior to his fight against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 174.

Ali Bagautinov was suspended by the British Columbia Athletic Commission (BCAC) for testing positive for Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO) following his loss to flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on June 14, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, forbidding him from competing in the province for one year.

Hours after the BCAC brought down the hammer on "Puncher King," Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) followed suit and issued the Russian-born fighter the same suspension, which means he won't be able to compete at all for an entire calendar year.

Furthermore, Bagautinov must pass a drug test at the end of his suspension before he is allowed to step foot back inside the Octagon.

The official statement:

"UFC 174 competitor Ali Bagautinov has been suspended by the British Columbia Athletic Commission for testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO). He was also informed that his positive test violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. Bagautinov will serve a one-year suspension and must pass a drug test at the conclusion of his suspension before receiving clearance to compete in the UFC again."

Speaking to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, UFC President Dana White expressed his obvious disappointment upon hearing of the latest failed drug test, saying that the ZUFFA-owned promotion is doing everything possible to clean up the sport.

His words:

"I'm beyond disappointed. We're not paying lip service to this. We're trying to clean this up. It's hurting everyone in the sport and we're all over it."

Bagautinov is now the second MMA fighter to test positive for EPO in the last month, as Chael Sonnen also had the banned substance in his system based on the results of his most recent failed test.

Iole brought up a very interesting point, saying he found it odd that both men were busted for EPO, seeing as how it usually passes through the body in a little as 24 hours.

The latest failed test, believe it or not, has a positive (no pun intended) side to it, as it proves that UFC -- with the help of athletic commissions around the world -- is effectively cracking down harder than ever on drug abusers with random testing.

A battle that isn't cheap.

Still, a random drug test is what got Sonnen busted the first time, and forced Wanderlei Silva to do his best vanishing act when confronted by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to provide a urine sample.

It should be noted that Ali's post-fight drug test, according to BCAC commissioner Dave Maedel, complied with World Anti-Doping Agency Standards as well as British Columbia's anti-doping policies. It was an out of competition random test administered on June 2, 2014, that provided the positive result.

Bagautinov was allowed to compete at UFC 174 because the results had not been returned prior to fight night.

While great strides were made after NSAC, as well as other athletic commissions, banned the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in MMA, it seems the sport still has a long battle ahead with other banned substances.

We were warned.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker