However, it has been revealed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that Smoliakov had failed a drug test before and after the Hardy fight. USADA has also announced that Hardy has accepted a two year suspension due to the pair of failed drug tests.
Since the suspension is retroactive to the date of the first failed drug test, a suspended Smoliakov is going to be able to compete again on April 22 of 2021.
USADA issued the following press release on the matter:
September 10, 2019
USADA announced today that Dmitrii Smoliakov, of Kaliningrad, Russia, has accepted a two-year sanction for a violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy after testing positive for prohibited substances.
Smoliakov, 37, tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) and intact human chorionic gonadtrophin (hCG) as the result of urine samples he provided out-of-competition on April 22, 2019 and in-competition on April 27, 2019 at ESPN+ FN 10, where he lost by technical knockout. rHuEPO is a synthetic hormone used to stimulate the body’s production of red blood cells, thereby increasing oxygen transport and aerobic power, and is prohibited at all times in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. hCG is also in the class Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics and its use is prohibited for males at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.
Smoliakov’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a non-Specified Substance under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, began on April 22, 2019, the date his first positive sample was collected. Smoliakov has not competed in the UFC since his fight on April 27, 2019.
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