Yet-to-debut UFC signee Azamat Murzakanov notified of potential doping violation

For a man nicknamed “The Professional,” things aren’t looking quite that way at the moment.

UFC officials today announced that undefeated Russian lightweight prospect Azamat Murzakanov (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been notified of a potential violation of the promotion’s anti-doping policy by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees the program.

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Murzakanov,” the standard statement read. “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.”

Murzakanov made his professional debut in 2010, though it would be 2015 before he returned to the cage. In seven contests to date, Murzakanov has scored seven stoppage wins, with six of them coming in the very first round.

Murzakanov was expected to debut at this past June’s UFC Fight Night 112 event, but he was pulled from the card and replaced by Dominick Reyes, who registered a devastating knockout win of Joachim Christensen on the card.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Remember the guy who head-kick KO'd that cocky opponent? He got a UFC deal

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After scoring a “Knockout of the Year” candidate by head-kicking a cocky opponent, Dominick Reyes now has a UFC contract.

UFC officials announced light heavyweight Azamat Murzakanov (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been forced out of his UFC Fight Night 112 bout with Joachim Christensen (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) for undisclosed reasons. As a result, promotional newcomer Reyes (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement.

UFC Fight Night 112 takes place June 25 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

This past Friday at LFA 13, Reyes had the MMA world buzzing after he caught his head-shaking, tongue-wagging opponent with a vicious head-kick knockout. Check out the highlights above; here are some additional angles (via Twitter):

Reyes, a 27-year-old Californian, has also fought for organizations such as KOTC and Hoosier Fight Club since his pro debut in 2014, He’s posted four knockouts and a submission in six career wins.

Christensen, a 38-year-old Danish fighter, looks to rebound on a quick turnaround from a first-round submission loss to Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC 211. That sent him back to the loss column after a third-round TKO win over Bojan Mihajlovic at UFC Fight Night 103 in January, which was his first win in the UFC and a bounce-back from a submission to Luis Henrique da Silva at UFC Fight Night 96 in his promotional debut this past October.

The latest UFC Fight Night 112 card now includes:

  • Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Felice Herrig vs. Justine Kish
  • Joachim Christensen vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Alex Garcia vs. Tim Means
  • B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver
  • Ilir Latifi vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Clay Guida vs. Erik Koch
  • Carla Esparza vs. Maryna Moroz
  • Darrell Horcher vs. Devin Powell
  • Jared Gordon vs. Michel Quinones
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Josh Stansbury
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Marvin Vettori
  • Johnny Case vs. Tony Martin

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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