Azamat Murzakanov Accepts 2-Year USADA Sanction for Anti-Doping Violation

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 8, 2019

Russian light heavyweight Azamat Murzakanov has accepted a two-year suspension for an anti-doping violation in 2017, USADA announced Monday.

Murzakanov tested postive for a steroid metabolite in an out-of-competition urine sample collected on September 2, 2017. According to USADA, the delay in announcing the failed test occurred due to the fighter’s desire to investigate how the banned substance appeared in his system. Murzakanov’s suspension is retroactive to the date of the positive test, so he will be eligible to return on Sept. 2 this year.

The fighter known as “The Professional” was scheduled to make his Octagon debut against Joachim Christensen at UFC Fight Night 119 in June 2017 but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. Murzakanov, who owns a 7-0 pro record, has not competed since scoring a first-round TKO of Georgy Sakaev at Absolute Championship Berkut 57 on April 15, 2017.

USADA’s statement regarding Murzakanov is as follows:

USADA announced today that Azamat Murzakanov, of Nalchik, Russia, has accepted a two-year sanction for a violation of the UFC® Anti-Doping Policy after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Murzakanov, 29, tested positive for the boldenone metabolites 5β-androst-1-en-17β-ol-3-one and androsta-1,4-diene-6β-ol-3,17-dione as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample he provided on September 2, 2017. Further confirmation of the positive test was achieved using the sensitive isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) method, which reported a laboratory result consistent with the exogenous origin of boldenone metabolites. Boldenone is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

The delay in resolving Murzakanov’s case was due to requests for additional time by Murzakanov to investigate the source of his positive test. Murzakanov has been provisionally suspended and, therefore unable to compete, since the date he was notified on September 25, 2017. Murzakanov’s two-year period of ineligibility began on September 2, 2017, the date his sample was collected.

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