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Muslim Salikhov flagged by USADA for failed drug test

Muslim Salikhov
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Russian welterweight Muslim Salikhov has been notified by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of a drug test failure.

The UFC released a statement Friday announcing that the 34-year-old Salikhov is facing a doping violation after an out-of-competition sample collected on June 7, 2018 in Russia tested positive for banned substances.

Salikhov (14-2) is not currently scheduled for a fight.

In two appearances for the UFC, the multiple time world Wushu Sanda champion has gone 1-1, most recently knocking out Ricky Rainey at UFC on FOX 29 in April.

See the full statement below:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed athlete Muslim Salikhov of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on June 7, 2018 in Russia.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Muslim Salikhov. 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. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

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