The saga of Askar Mozharov’s disastrous UFC debut doesn’t seem to be quite over yet. The Ukrainian fighter first signed up for the world’s biggest MMA promotion in spring 2021, but visa and injury issues meant he didn’t see the Octagon for the first time (and only time) until June of this year.
Unfortunately for “No Mercy,” the extra few months gave the MMA record holder a chance to take a closer look at Mozharov’s seemingly rock-solid 24-7 career career. Mozarov walked into his UFC Vegas 56 bout against Alonzo Menifield with a 17-12 record when the Sherdog Fight Finder team was done combing. Less than five minutes later, he was 17-13.
From there, it seemed like things fell apart really quickly. The UFC immediately removed Mozarov from their roster, and shortly afterward, the fighter announced his official retirement from MMA. Now, however, MMA addicts are reporting that even if Mozarov wants to get back in the cage, he could face a suspension. After that, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that the boxer failed an in-fight drug test in his bout with Menifield.
Junkie reports that Mozarov’s “metabolic modifier,” the kind of substance often used in the sports world to suppress the negative effects of steroid use. It’s similar to the drug that caused Brock Lesnar’s failed UFC drug test, and one of Jon Jones’ failed drug tests.
At their August meeting, the NSAC announced that Mozarov and his team had been in communication with the committee on the matter and had not yet made a decision on a possible suspension or fine. Decide. At present, Mozarov remains “temporarily suspended” until a final judgment is made.