Ali Bagautinov tests positive for EPO; suspended for a year

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Ali Bagautinov

Ali Bagautinov

Russian Ali Bagautinov has tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) after a random testing on June 2.

0_HayabusaGi_StampSiteBagautinov was the challenger for the UFC 174 title fight against Demetrius Johnson, on June 14, in which he was defeated by unanimous decision.

According to sources, the results of the testing didn’t come on time to stop Bagautinov from fighting Johnson.

The UFC has released an official statement on the matter:

“UFC 174 competitor Ali Bagautinov has been suspended by the British Columbia Athletic Commission for testing positive for erythropoetin (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.”

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