Khabib’s Cousin Usman Nurmagomedov Removed From Bellator LW Roster After Failed Drug Test Finally Hits Dagestani Camp

Published 11/11/2023, 8:56 PM EST

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Usman Nurmagomedov, the rising star from UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team, has been stuck in a devastating controversy! The 25-year-old fighter was the Bellator Lightweight world champion since November 2022. Moreover, he defended the title twice in Bellator’s World Grand Prix tournament.

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The young MMA fighter was rising quickly through the ranks of elite fighters. Further, many fans were expecting him to replicate the success of his cousin. However, recent developments have put a dark cloud over his MMA career.

Usman Nurmagomedov, cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov fails, removed from Bellator

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According to sources, Usman Nurmagomedov has recently failed a drug test. Moreover, he has been removed from the Bellator lightweight Grand Prix tournament. Also, the champion has been suspended 6 months by the California State of Athletic Commission.

He defeated Patricky Pitbull at Bellator 288 to win the title. Next, he finished Benson Henderson in the quarter finals of the Grand Prix tournament. At Bellator 300, he defeated Brent Primus for his second title defense, and an entry into the Bellator lightweight Grand Prix tournament final.

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However, with the recent suspension, it is highly likely that Bellator will get a new lightweight champion. This is the first time any such controversy has risen in the Dagestani camp.

Usman Nurmagomedov’s MMA record and fighting style

The Russian MMA fighter sits on a perfect record of 18 wins and 0 losses, just like his cousin, ‘The Eagle’. Also, Nurmagomedov has ended 14 of those fights through submissions or KO/TKO.

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While most Dagestani fighters have elite Sambo skills, Nurmagomedov is an exceptional Muay Thai practitioner. This makes him equally dangerous in striking as well as grappling.

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More some years, fans have been waiting for Nurmagomedov to move to the UFC, and prove his worth amongst the best MMA fighters. However this recent controversy puts his future under a cloud of uncertainty. What are your opinions about this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sushant Sharma

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I am a 24-year-old MMA enthusiast and a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. My passion for mixed martial arts has been a significant part of my life for over five years. Having previously trained in boxing, I developed a deep appreciation for combat sports.
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