Sidelnikov Suspended for Steroid Use

By Staff Mar 3, 2009
The man touted as “Baby Fedor,” Kirill Sidelnikov has been suspended one year for testing positive for the steroid Stanozolol, said the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday.

Sidelnikov (5-3), a Red Devil teammate to the world’s top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, lost a slugfest in his U.S. debut against Paul Buentello at Affliction “Day of Reckoning” on Jan. 24 in Anaheim, Calif. The 20-year-old Russian went blow-for-blow early with the more experienced Buentello (27-10), but was floored by a barrage of strikes in the final period, prompting referee John McCarthy to call in a ringside physician to check on the battered fighter. The bout was promptly called off.

Also used in horse racing, Stanozolol promotes muscle growth and strength increases, usually without excessive weight gain.

If the suspension remains uncontested, Sidelnikov will be eligible to re-apply for licensure in California after Jan. 18, 2010 and will pay a $2,500 fine.

Representatives for Sidelnikov were not immediately available for comment.

The CSAC also announced that Wesley "Cabbage" Correira has been suspended for six months and fined $1,000 for testing positive for marijuana. Correira had been scheduled to face Buddy Roberts at a co-promoted Wargods and Ken Shamrock Productions event on Feb. 13 in Fresno, Calif., but withdrew from the fight last-minute due to a contract dispute with the promotion. Correira was issued a drug test prior to fight night.

“700 ng/mL is 685 ng/mL above the cutoff level for marijuana,” wrote CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas of Correira’s tested levels via email.

The CSAC also notified Correira in writing on Feb. 20 that he would be placed under suspension until he satisfied his one-fight contract with Wargods. A Wargods rep told that the promotion planned to bring the Hawaiian heavyweight back as their headliner for a May 30 event in San Diego, though Corriera’s drug suspension will supersede those plans.
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