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UFC heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Heavyweight prospect Ruslan Magomedov is the latest UFC fighter to fall under the sword of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The UFC announced Monday that Magomedov has been informed of a "potential anti-doping violation" stemming from an out-of-competition drug test collected by USADA on Sept. 7. The UFC did not specify the nature of the banned substance found in Magomedov's sample.

Magomedov, 29, is currently the No. 12 ranked heavyweight in the UFC's media-generated rankings. He has been out of action since Oct. 2015, when he propelled his undefeated UFC record to 3-0 with a unanimous decision win over Shawn Jordan at UFC 192.

The UFC's statement can be read below.

"The UFC organization was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Ruslan Magomedov of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection made on September 7, 2016.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward."

Magomedov (14-1) was recently slated to fight Stefan Struve on Oct. 8 at UFC 204, however the Russian heavyweight withdrew from the contest earlier this month due to a staph infection.

Over the course of three years under the UFC umbrella, Magomedov has earned unanimous decision wins over Viktor Pesta, Josh Copeland, and Jordan. He also picked up victories over former UFC heavyweight champions Ricco Rodriguez and Tim Sylvia prior to signing with the UFC.

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