UFC: Russian MMA fighter Muslim Salikhov flagged by USADA for failed drug test

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Russian welterweight contender Muslim Salikhov has been notified by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of a potential drug test failure. The promotion today released a statement confirming the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s notification of a potential violation, which stems from an out-of-competition drug test conducted June 7 in Russia.

UFC officials released the following statement on Friday:

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.

Muslim Salikhov last fought in April where he defeated short-notice opponent Ricky Rainey on UFC on FOX 29.

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