Another one bites the dust? Up-and-coming Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight contender Ruslan Magomedov has been notified by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) of a potential violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on Sept. 7, 2016.
The WME-IMG-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion issued a statement:
"The UFC organization was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Ruslan Magomedov of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection made on September 7, 2016. USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review 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."
Magomedov is currently riding a three-fight win streak inside the Octagon and has won nine in a row, winning 14 of 15 overall in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The Russian-born fighter was set to face Stefan Struve at the upcoming UFC 204 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Manchester, England, on Oct. 8, 2016, but was forced out of the bout with a staph infection.
It seems his involvement at the event was, unfortunately, doomed from the start.