Usman Nurmagomedov fails PED test, receives six-month ban – but won’t be stripped of Bellator title

Usman Nurmagomedov is the talented cousin of UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov. He currently faces a turbulent period as the California State Athletic Commission imposes a six-month suspension.

This decision follows his positive test for PEDs. According to Ariel Helwani, Nurmagomedov’s match against Brent Primus at Bellator 300 resulted in a positive test and carries a $50,000 fine. Consequently, the once-thrilling bout is now officially declared a no-contest.

The aftermath leaves fans questioning the fate of Nurmagomedov’s standing as the Bellator lightweight champion and his role in the eagerly anticipated lightweight Grand Prix.

According to CSAC executive officer Andy Foster, Nurmagomedov possessed a prescription for the substance but failed to secure a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). This procedural lapse proved costly, resulting in the suspension and fine that could have significant repercussions on his professional journey.

Although the commission has not disclosed what Nurmagomedov tested positive for, he has now signed up for testing with VADA.

Nurmagomedov’s opponent Brent Primus expressed his awareness of the situation in a statement to Ariel Helwani.

He said: “Today I was informed by Andy Foster that my opponent from Bellator 300 Usman Nurmagomedov tested positive for a banned substance and the fight is now ruled a No Contest.”

“I’d like to thank CSAC and Bellator for working together to promote a clean sport. I’m in the gym training hard and will be ready to get back into the Grand Prix.”

Nurmagomedov posted his own statement but refused to name what prescription caused his test failure. Comments on the post are disabled.

Usman went on to repost a story from one of Bellator’s execs:


Nurmagomedov defeated Primus last month, and the Bellator lightweight champion successfully defended his title by majority decision.

The 25-year-old from Dagestan has won in all 18 of his professional bouts with Bellator, eight of which were wins by KO or TKO.

He belongs to the family of Nurmagomedov, which also includes the legendary retired UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov. After winning all 29 of his professional bouts, Khabib left the UFC in March 2021.