Askar Mozharov receives 6-month NAC suspension for positive drug test


Askar Mosharov was accused of falsifying his pro MMA records before making his UFC debut. He has been suspended for six months and given other penalties after he tested positive for drugs following his fight against Alonzo Menifield.

On Tuesday, the Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously voted to sanction Mozharov. He tested positive for GW 1516 sulfurone, which is a metabolic modator banned by The World Anti-Doping Agency. The terms of the punishment were reached by a settlement agreement.

The 27-year-old old Ukranian, who was released by the UFC after his loss, also is fined $2,000 (10 percent of his purse, per the commission) and $529 in court fees. He will also be required to provide a clean drug test 30, 15 and 3 days from his next scheduled bout and pay all fines (or arrange a payment agreement) before receiving another license.

Although Mozharov tested below the GW1516 threshold allowed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which runs the UFC’s drug testing program, the NAC doesn’t recognize that particular standard and moved for a temporary suspension upon his positive drug test.

Mozharov, who was not present at the hearing on Tuesday, denied reports that he inflated his professional record. But MMA databases Sherdog and Tapology subsequently revised his record when they said it had been falsified, and he competed against Menifield as a 17-12 pro. He was stopped in the first round.

Mozharov’s suspension runs until Dec. 4, 2022.