Despite the fact that he hasn’t made his UFC debut yet, recently signed fighter Azamat Murzakanov has been notified of a potential violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Murzakanov was supposed to debut earlier this year at UFC Fight Night Oklahoma City, but was pulled from the card due to an injury.
The Russian fighter did not have another UFC bout scheduled at the moment and there was no timeframe for his Octagon debut.
A statement was issued by the UFC on the matter:
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.
There is no word at this time as to what substances the fighter had in his sample that caused the potential violation. It is also unknown right now what kind of potential punishment that the fighter will receive from USADA, that could be announced anytime now.