USADA sanctions Magomedov and Tukhugov 2 years apiece for anti-doping violations
The Untied States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Feb. 15 that UFC heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov (14-1-0) and UFC featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov (18-4-0) have accepted two year suspensions from competition for positive drug tests.
Both Magomedov, 31, and Tukhugov, 27, both tested positive for Ostarine in out-of-competition tests on Sept. 7, 2016. In addition, Tukhugov tested positive for Ostarine in an out-of-competition test on Oct. 29, 2016, but according to USADA, “Because Tukhugov’s second positive test resulted from a sample that was collected before he was notified of his first positive test, both of his positive tests were treated as a single violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”
According to USADA, Ostarine is a non-specified substance in the class of anabolic agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.
Both fighters claimed a contaminated supplement was the cause of the positive tests, which USADA was not able to confirm and therefore reduce their suspensions. A neutral arbitrator also failed to change USADA’s mind.
An agreement was hatched out with Magomedov and Tukhugov accepting a two-year sanction apiece and contributing $10,000 USD towards the arbitration costs.
Magomedov and Tukhugov’s suspensions began on Sept. 26, 2016 and will end on Sept. 26, 2018.