UFC light heavyweight fails USADA test before debut

UFC light heavyweight Abdul-Kerim Edilov has failed a USADA test before he was even able to appear in a single bout.

The UFC declined further comment and stated only that the United States Anti-Doping Agency, who administers the UFC’s drug testing program, will handle the situation moving forward.

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, 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,” the statement read.

Edilov was expected to make his UFC debut against Francimar Barroso at last month’s UFC Fight Night 81 event. However, somewhat suspiciously, a supposed knee injury forced the Russian to withdraw from the clash.