Potential USADA violation for Muslim Salikhov. pic.twitter.com/Uel37ue9l2— MaRCeL DoRFF (@BigMarcel24) July 20, 2018
Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Muslim Salikhov was notified about a potential USADA violation on Friday, stemming from an out-of-competition drug test conducted on June 7 in Russia.
Salikhov (14-2) did not have a fight officially booked or announced, but the Wushu Sanda specialist had posted about his preparation for a UFC fight on his Instagram earlier this week, looking to build upon the momentum from his emphatic knockout of Ricky Rainey in April.
However, the Russian “King of Kung Fu” is now potentially facing a USADA suspension right in the prime of his mixed martial arts career. The UFC released a statement on the matter just hours after the news of Salikhov’s failed test broke:
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed athlete Muslim Salikhov of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on June 7, 2018 in Russia.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Muslim Salikhov. 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.”
Salikhov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has yet to respond for comment.