What Did Usman Nurmagomedov Test Positive For? All We Know About Khabib’s Cousin’s Failed Drug Test

Published 11/12/2023, 6:40 AM EST

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There was a time when there were no restrictions on fighters regarding the usage of medications and PEDs. But several noted fighters like Georges St-Pierre made commendable efforts to establish a ban on PEDs. Since then, the MMA community has witnessed several fighters get penalized by anti-doping agencies after their prohibited substance usage. The latest inclusion on that list has shaken fans to the core.

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The famed UFC icon, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has maintained a clean record throughout his UFC career. Despite his weight cut issues, nobody can really say that ‘The Eagle’ was ever associated with any prohibited medication usage incident. But scores of MMA fans were severely shocked when ‘The Eagle’s’ cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov, came under fire after using a prohibited medication recently. Let’s take a deeper dive to learn more about the entire incident.

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin will pay a hefty price for this slip

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Khabib’s cousin Usman currently fights under Bellator MMA, where he is the lightweight champion. The 25-year-old also boasts an undefeated record to date. The 17-0 that appears in his record is enough to reveal his in-cage prowess. But his fans will now miss him for quite some time due to the penalties that have been imposed on him.

It was the California State Athletic Commission’s (CASA) executive officer Andy Foster who publicized this news. In an interview with ESPN, Foster revealed that Usman would be subjected to a six-month suspension and a $50,000 fine due to a failed drug test that found one of the prohibited medications in his sample.

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Later, Usman’s manager and ‘Dominance MMA’ head honcho, Ali Abdelaziz, also weighed in on the situation. He said, “Usman was using prescribed medication for an illness he had. It’s NOT an anabolic steroid, EPO, HGH, etc. Nothing enhancing”. He also stressed the fact that Usman could’ve been subjected to even heavier penalties if it was a PED violation.

Abdelaziz also mentioned that Nurmagomedov won’t be stripped of his Bellator lightweight title due to this mishap. However, his last victory against Brent Primus will be turned over to a no-contest. But, while Bellator is struggling with such issues, the UFC’s operations are continuing pretty smoothly. The recently concluded UFC 295 stands as yet another proof of this fact.

What happened at UFC 295 held at the Madison Square Garden?

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Apart from the enthralling fights on the UFC 295 card, the noted ex-POTUS, Donald Trump, stole the show with yet another appearance at the event. Like a lot of other UFC PPVs this year, UFC 295 also gave the fans a new champion. The renowned UFC heavyweights Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall locked horns in the co-main event of the night.

Despite a lot of speculations, Aspinall shocked the UFC universe with a vicious KO victory over Pavlovich within a minute of the first round. The UK native is now eyeing the UFC heavyweight gold currently in Jon Jones’ possession. The highly anticipated main event of the night also didn’t fail to deliver. The UFC light heavyweight championship fight between Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira may have ended with a shock for numerous fans.

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After having a pretty favorable first round, the Czech native, Prochazka, landed many good strikes on his Brazilian rival in the second round as well. But ‘Poatan’s’ insane punching power drove Prochazka to the canvas midway into the second round. Following this, he went into a rush on Prochazka that had Marc Goddard ending the bout in Pereira’s favor. The Brazilian now boasts a superb achievement of holding titles in two different weight classes of the UFC with his feat.

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Souvik Roy

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