Usman Nurmagomedov, the rising star in the world of mixed martial arts and cousin of UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov, has been handed a six-month suspension by the California State Athletic Commission. The suspension came after he tested positive for a banned substance following his recent fight against Brent Primus at Bellator 300. The fight has now been declared a no contest.
In addition to the suspension, Nurmagomedov has also been slapped with a hefty $50,000 fine. The full details of the banned substance have not been released by the commission. However, it has been revealed that Nurmagomedov had a prescription but failed to apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).
Nurmagomedov's status as the Bellator lightweight champion and his participation in the lightweight Grand Prix remain uncertain in light of this suspension. The commission's executive officer, Andy Foster, confirmed that Nurmagomedov would now be subject to enrollment in testing with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
The news has garnered attention not only due to Nurmagomedov's undefeated record in Bellator, with 18 professional wins under his belt, but also because of his connection to the Nurmagomedov fighting dynasty. Khabib Nurmagomedov, widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in UFC history, retired last year after an impeccable undefeated streak of 29 wins, including a landmark victory against Conor McGregor.
Brent Primus, the opponent who faced off against Nurmagomedov in Bellator 300, has expressed his gratitude to both the CSAC and Bellator for their commitment to maintaining a clean sport. Primus, who aims to make a comeback in the lightweight Grand Prix, said he is training hard and looking forward to his next opportunity in the tournament.
As Usman Nurmagomedov faces a temporary setback in his career, many will be keen to see how this situation unfolds and whether he can bounce back stronger after serving his suspension.