Abdul-Kerim Edilov was recently signed by the UFC and was scheduled to make his promotional debut last month. However, he would end up pulling out of the fight and the fighter from Russia is now facing a potential USADA violation.
The fighter and the UFC were informed on Tuesday by USADA that Edilov is facing a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation due to an out-of-competition drug test. After the UFC was informed of the potential violation, they released the following statement.
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Abdul-Kerim Edilov of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection.
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.
Edilov (16-4) was supposed to make his UFC debut against Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 81 last month, but he pulled out of the fight with a knee injury. Prior to signing with the UFC, Edilov had won ten in a row and fifteen of his sixteen wins had come by finish.