Russian Fighter Muslim Salikhov Hit with UFC Anti-Doping Violation

Russian fighter Muslim Salikhov has been notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on June 7 in Russia.

UFC officials released the following statement on Friday:

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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Salikhov (14-2) last stepped into the Octagon in April, where he defeated late-replacement Ricky Rainey via knockout in the second round. He is 1-1 under the UFC banner. 

Salikhov did not have his next bout scheduled and will now undergo the adjudication process before he can be booked for his next bout.