Ruslan Magomedov Earns Lifetime USADA Ban Following Third UFC Anti-Doping Policy Violation

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UFC heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov is no longer a UFC heavyweight, frankly, after USADA hands him a lifetime ban.

You won’t be seeing Ruslan Magomedov in the UFC ever again. That stunning news was announced by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in a press release Monday. Magomedov has been handed a lifetime sanction by the anti-doping outfit after his third violation under the UFC’s Anti-Doping policy. The native of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, had not fought in the UFC for several years after an initial doping scandal, and now, he likely never will again.

Both his second and third violations came in the past six months. The second, per USADA, was due to a positive test for metabolites of Methyltestosterone and stanozolol, both anabolic agents prohibited at all times under the UFC’s anti-doping policy. That was back in October. The fighter tested positive for five metabolites of the two substances.

Magomedov’s third violation came when he refused to complete the sample collection process requested by a doping control officer during an out-of-competition test on the 5th of February, 2019.

At 14-1, Ruslan Magomedov was originally suspended in 2016 following a positive test for ostarine. He has not fought since a UFC 192 win over Shawn Jordan in 2015.

Magomedov now has the distinction of being the first fighter to earn a permanent ban under the UFC’s USADA program.

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