UFC Releases Statement on Ali Bagautinov Testing Positive for EPO

July 11, 2014
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Ali BagautinovThe British Columbia Athletic Commission on Thursday revealed that Ali Bagautinov tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) during a random drug test prior to his UFC 174 challenge of flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Due to the processing time at the laboratory, the results of the June 2 drug test weren’t known until after Bagautinov had already lost a five-round unanimous decision to Johnson on June 14 in Vancouver. The BCAC revoked Bagautinov’s license and suspended him for one year.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday threw its full support behind the BCAC’s decision, adding that Bagautinov must pass a drug test before he can gain clearance to ever fight in the UFC again.

The UFC statement on Ali Bagautinov:

“UFC 174 competitor Ali Bagautinov has been suspended by the British Columbia Athletic Commission for testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO).  He was also informed that his positive test violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.  The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes.  Bagautinov will serve a one-year suspension and must pass a drug test at the conclusion of his suspension before receiving clearance to compete in the UFC again.”

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  • ANeal

    That’s it. Kick his ass out. Chael fails for an unimportant fight. He fails for a UFC title fight??? A year suspension and he’ll comeback most likely on a comain fight and get top dollar. F that

    • Seth

      I doubt he will come back for co-me. Besides flyweight tournament, was there ever Flyweight co-me in the UFC which wasn’t title fight? I can’t recall such fight. But please, correct me if I’m wrong. Even if there was, I don’t think Ali is big enough for UFC (business-wise) to put him into Co-ME after something like that

      • pangea12

        Bigfoot is coming back as a headliner in Brazil no less. If they are worth money then they will use them until they lose enough to be released.

        • Seth

          But UFC does not host cards in Russia and I doubt they will in a year, so that won’t be excuse to put Ali in co-me. Like I said, he may be at main card AT BEST.

    • smedrano0206

      Chael failed when he fought Silva the first time…..that was a title fight

  • Darin

    “The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal
    and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our
    athletes.”

    Really? Then why aren’t you punishing him? The suspension is doled out by the commission, but the UFC has added nothing to it.

    Your policy is “consistent” in its weakness and denial of just how big a problem this is.

    • TheCerealKiller

      They just took away one year of his income. How much would that hurt you? I don’t think anyone is offering him endorsements, so that means back to the 9-5.

      I think one year is a good punishment for a first time. Next time, two years and so on.

      • Walter

        Its not his first time… He tested positive before.

        • TheCerealKiller

          Then he should get two years!

  • Yannick Messaoud

    It is quit beyond me as of why the trainers and athletes use theses drugs knowing very well that they can lose there career with them. I know a lot about steroids not because i used them like a steroid inflated douche bag that you see him gyms today all over the world but to help my old body heal injuries in conjunction with prolotherapy. I did a lot of reseach on them before my medical doctor decided to add them into the treatment i am also on TRT being 42y old i can benefit from the additional testosterone and recuperation lets just say that it brings my body back to when i was 25. Now i am far from being a pro athlete and don’t have a career to lose over taking drugs. The person supplying theses drugs to athlete is a real idiot, EPO stays in the body a long long time as long ester testosterone like depo testosterone and enhantate winstrol V masteron deca all theses steroids stay in the body for a good year and a half even after the cycle is done, instead of using short ester steroids like tren ace, testo suspension or proprionate getting the rush they need and then being all clean for the test. My stack on this is that they should be suspended for life from fighting in the UFC, Sonnen and all the loses that got cough cheating. Its good that the UFC enforces there drug policy to the T and Dana White is doing a good job as well, now lets see what he does with Sonnen i used to be a real fan of him but is recent drug testing convinced me wrong

  • put me in the sauna coach

    And he still got handled in the cage.

  • broseppi

    Can you imagine how pissed the UFC would have been if he won the fight? The test was almost 2 weeks prior to the fight, and when a guy is fighting for the title, they should rush the processing. There is no excuse to test a guy for performance enhancers 2 weeks prior to the fight, and not process the test fast enough to know if he’s on something. Crazy..

    • smedrano0206

      They would have to cancel alot of fights and lose alot of money