The California State Athletic Commission has disqualified Russian fighter Usman Nurmagomedov, who failed a doping test after his Bellator lightweight grand prix semifinal match against American Brent Primus, for six months.
This was reported with reference to the head of the commission, Andy Foster, by the well-known sports columnist Ariel Helwani. What substance was detected in the Russian’s body was not specified.
The result of the fight, which headlined the Bellator 300 tournament in San Diego on Oct. 7, will be canceled and the fight declared a forfeit. Informed sources close to the situation report that Nurmagomedov, who holds the Bellator lightweight title, will be stripped of the championship belt, and his place in the grand prix final will be taken by Primus, who lost to the Russian by unanimous decision after five rounds.
The second finalist will be determined on November 17 at Bellator 301 in Chicago in a fight between Russian Alexander Shabliy and Brazilian Patricky Freire.
Bellator representatives have not yet made any official statements on the matter.
Usman Nurmagomedov, 25, is undefeated, riding a seven-fight win streak in Bellator, and is ranked as the organization’s third best fighter regardless of weight class.