UFC’s Ali Bagautinov Suspended for One Year After Failing Drug Test
By FCF Staff
Ali Bagautinov won’t have an opportunity to get back on the winning track in 2014, as the flyweight has been suspended for one year, following his decision loss at UFC 174.
According to a statement from the UFC, the British Columbia Athletic Commission has announced that Bagautinov has allegedly tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO). The Dagestan fighter was decisioned by champion Demetrious Johnson on June 14th, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The statement reads:
“UFC 174 competitor Ali Bagautinov has been suspended by the British Columbia Athletic Commission for testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO). He was also informed that his positive test violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. Bagautinov will serve a one-year suspension and must pass a drug test at the conclusion of his suspension before receiving clearance to compete in the UFC again.”
The 29 year-old fighter won three straight fights after arriving in the UFC in 2013 to lock up a bout with Johnson.
EPO, which is a banned substance, is a hormone which controls red blood cell production.