“The Chechnyan Lion” Abdul-Kerim Edilov was supposed to make his UFC debut early in 2016, but a failed drug test led to him getting a 15-month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, according to MMA Fighting. The announcement was made by USADA Friday morning.
Edilov was scheduled to make his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 81 on Jan. 17. He was scheduled to face Francimar Barroso; getting the spot in the fight on short notice. Edilov actually suffered a knee injury before the bout which forced him to pull out of the fight, but only a few weeks later he was popped in an out-of-competition drug test.
The substance he failed for was meldonium. The banned substance has become prevalent among eastern European athletes of various different sports.
Meldonium only became added to USADA’s banned substance list starting on Jan. 1, 2016, and several cases of athletes testing positive for the substance have been thrown out as a result of it being found the substance was ingested in the system prior to the official starting date of the ban.
Islam Makhachev and Daniel Omielanczuk are both UFC fighters who tested positive for the substance, but USADA found no fault with both men as a result of the substance entering their system prior to Jan. 1.
Edilov did not get off though, despite his failed test also occurring very early in the year.
His 15-month suspension is retroactive to Jan. 7 — the date which the failed sample was collected. It makes Ebilov eligible to fight again in April 2017.