Murtazaliev was not drug tested by USADA prior to his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 136.
Khalid Murtazaliev, a Russian mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fight Championships (UFC), may have been using anabolic steroids prior to his UFC debut.
Unfortunately, we may never know the answer because the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) failed to administer an in-competition drug test when he fought CB Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 136 in Moscow on September 15, 2018.
Murtazaliev brutalized Dollaway for a TKO in the second round. Refereee Herb Dean was widely criticized for failing to stop the fight earlier in order to protect Dollaway from Murtazaliev’s devastating assaults.
Murtazaliev was caught with Masteron metabolites in his urine sample.
USADA eventually got around to drug testing Murtazaliev a few weeks later. The first anti-doping control was not administered until October 3, 2018. Murtazaliev was drug tested again on December 6, 2018.
Drostanolone and its metabolite 2α-methyl-5α-androstan-3α-ol-17-one were discovered during the analyses of both samples. Drostanolone is the scientific name for the injectable steroid most commonly known by the trade name Masteron.
Now more than ever, everyone thinks that Murtazaliev was on steroids when he defeated Dollaway. However, the fight results can not be overturned because there was no objective evidence proving that Murtazaliev injected steroids prior to UFC Fight Night 136.
“You have to have evidence, and I don’t think anybody can definitively show that he ingested … before the fight,” according to UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky.
Novitzky defended USADA’s failure to drug test the Russian MMA athlete on the day of the fight. Novitzky pointed out that USADA has the monumental task of drug testing 550 UFC athletes in 46 countries.
USADA did not test anyone in Moscow at UFC Fight Night 136.
Novitzky promised that USADA will eventually conduct in-competition drug tests for every fighter at future UFC events.
Murtazaliev will keep his win over Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 136. But the Russian athlete will be required to serve a two-year period of ineligibility from October 3, 2018 until October 3, 2020.
USADA. (February 22, 2019). Khalid Murtazaliev Accepts Sanction for Violation of UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Retrieved from ufc.usada.org/khalid-murtazaliev-accepts-doping-sanction/