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USADA informs UFC on FOX 19’s Islam Makhachev of potential anti-doping infraction

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Another UFC on FOX 19 fighter was informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of a potential infraction.

Days after Lyoto Machida was notified by USADA, Islam Makhachev (12-1-0) was also notified.

The UFC has cancelled his UFC on FOX 19 fight with Drew Dober has been suspended while the USADA investigates further.

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The company issued the following statement on its website:

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Islam Makhachev of a potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation involving Meldonium, a prohibited substance, stemming from a recent out-of-competition sample collection. In accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Makhachev has received a provisional suspension, and has been removed from his scheduled bout against Drew Dober from Saturday’s card in Tampa, Florida.
“The UFC Anti-Doping Program follows the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List of Substances, which is updated yearly. Meldonium was recently added to the WADA Prohibited List, which went into effect on January 1, 2016. WADA recently announced that they are currently conducting further studies of the substance which may influence how cases involving Meldonium are evaluated. In order to ensure Makhachev receives full and fair due process, USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will consider all relevant information before making any determinations.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

It is expected that the UFC will pay Dober his show money and even his win bonus.

The USADA investigation continues.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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