UFC welterweight Muslim Salikhov failed a drug test and has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation.
The promotion today released a statement confirming the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s notification of a potential violation, which stems from an out-of-competition drug test conducted June 7 in Russia.
Salikhov (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was unbooked at the time of his potential violation. Two days ago, however, he wrote on his Instagram page that he was preparing for a UFC fight.
Salikhov has yet to comment on the news of his failed drug test. His manager, Ali Abdelaziz, did not return a request for comment.
Salikhov most recently appeared in the octagon in April, when he stopped short-notice opponent Ricky Rainey (13-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in the second round of their FS1-televised fight at UFC on FOX 29. The win evened out his UFC record after a debut setback against Alex Garcia.
Prior to signing with the UFC, Salikhov got the MMA world’s attention with a spinning hook kick knockout of UFC vet Melvin Guillard in China. A decorated Wushu Sanda practitioner, the 34-year-old is the only non-Chinese person who has won the Wushu Sanda King’s Cup.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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