Ali Bagautinov Suspended After Testing Positive for EPO in Random Drug Test Prior to UFC 174

July 10, 2014
9 Comments

Ali BagautinovAli Bagautinov tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO), a banned substance, prior to his June 14 bout with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 174 in Vancouver.

The British Columbia Athletic Commission on Thursday announced the finding, which stemmed from a June 2 random test, while also confirming that of the eight fighters tested for performance enhancing substances and drugs of abuse on fight night, none returned positive results. The fighters tested at the event included Bagautinov, Johnson, and six other randomly selected fighters.

Due to lab processing times, the results of Bagautinov’s failed test went unknown until after the event.

“Results received by this office from the June 2 tests on Mr. Bagautinov were positive for erythropoietin, or EPO – a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency,” read a statement from BCAC Commissioner Dave Maedel.

“These results were not available prior to the UFC 174 event due to lab processing times. Mr. Bagautinov lost his bid for the flyweight title to Demetrious Johnson. I have suspended Mr. Bagautinov’s licence to compete in British Columbia for a period of one year.”

The EPO didn’t seem to help much, as Bagautinov failed to capture the belt at UFC 174. Johnson dominated for five full rounds, winning a unanimous decision from the judges.

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  • Usmc8408

    Why, why, why??? A question asked a million times but never fully understood. I hope someday these tests help athletes NOT use drugs, instead of trying to work around it, or being dumb enough to get caught. I’ll never understand why “winning” is more worth it when it comes with destroying your legitimacy as an athlete.

    • Lucas Freire

      Because this “legitimacy” doesn’t exist.
      There are two types of world-class athletes: Those who get caught and those who don’t.

      • Usmc8408

        It’s sad, but I think you’re right these days. It seems all the greats these days have been busted for something.

  • TheCerealKiller

    How many are not getting caught? I’m starting to believe Kennedy that almost everyone is taking something banned. They have to to something to clean this up.

    • Darin

      Lol, good ideas!

    • Lucas Freire

      Starting? Anyone that competes on the highest level on any sport is using something forbidden.

    • Usmc8408

      But wait, breaking news!! Invicta is now on Fight Pass so that makes for high quality tv now! So putting them on there is a bonus, haha

  • Darin

    The fact is, Dana White has NEVER come down hard on drug use. He says things like “You’d be crazy to use something right now with the way these guys are testing fighters.”. Never mind whether they happen to be cracking down currently or not, Dana. Take a damn stand and start sh!t canning these cheaters! You fire guys for making tasteless jokes on Twitter, something that truly hurts no one and has nothing whatsoever to do with their job as a fighter, but when it comes to failed drug tests, the only penalty is whatever the Athletic Commission hands down.

    • TheCerealKiller

      The only problem with that is they will serve their suspension and then go to Bellatard. They would have half of the UFC roster in two years!