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Russian UFC heavyweight flagged by USADA for potential violation

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The UFC announced in a press release that heavyweight talent Ruslan Magomedov is the latest fighter to get flagged by USADA for possible banned substance use.

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Ruslan Magomedov is the latest fighter on USADA's hit list. The UFC heavyweight was recently informed of a potential violation of USADA's drug testing policy stemming from an out-of-competition drug test administered on Sept. 17, the UFC announced Monday in a statement.

No further details were given regarding the potentially-positive drug test, including what the substance found in Magomedov's system was.

"USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case," the statement read. "It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review 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."

Magomedov was supposed to fight Stefan Struve at UFC 204 next month but was replaced by Daniel Omielanczuk earlier this month after he pulled out due to an injury.

Magomedov (14-1) is currently ranked 12th in the official UFC heavyweight rankings. A winner of nine straight, the 29-year-old is most recently coming off a unanimous decision win over Shawn Jordan at UFC 192 nearly a year ago.