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USADA: UFC's Abdul-Kerim Edilov potentially in violation of anti-doping policy

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E. Casey Leydon, MMA Fighting

Abdul-Kerim Edilov is facing a suspension before ever having made his UFC debut.

Edilov potentially committed a violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy run by USADA, the UFC announced in a release Tuesday. The possible violation stems from an out-of-competition sample collection.

As with all potential violations under the UFC's new program, USADA will handle the results management and adjudication process.

"It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed," the UFC statement read.

Edilov (16-4), a top Russian prospect, was supposed to face Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz last month in Boston, but was injured late in his training camp and forced to pull out. Edilov, 24, has won his last 10 bouts in Eastern European promotions, all of them via finish.

Edilov will join the likes of Mirko Cro Cop, Yoel Romero and Gleison Tibau as fighters found to have potentially committed anti-doping policy violations. Cro Cop was suspended two years after admitting to use HGH. Romero and Tibau have yet to have their adjudication processes completed.