Heavyweight Dmitry Smoliakov has been suspended for two years after failing a pair of drug tests.
USADA announced that Smoliakov tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) and intact human chorionic gonadtrophin (hCG) in an out-of-competition sample collected on April 22 and an in-competition sample collected on April 27 in relation to UFC Fight Night 150. Both banned substances can be used to stimulate the body’s production of red blood cells, which will improve oxygen transport and aerobic power.
Smoliakov’s suspension began on April 22, which means he will not be eligible to compete again until April 22, 2021.
The 37-year-old Russian faced controversial former NFL star Greg Hardy at UFC Fight Night 150, losing via technical knockout 2:15 into the opening stanza. Smoliakov has lost all three of his Octagon appearances and is 9-3 as a professional overall.
USADA’s statement on Smoliakov is as follows:
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.