Liliya Shakirova Accepts Sanction for Violation of UFC Anti-Doping Policy

Colorado Springs, Colo. – USADA announced today that Liliya Shakirova, of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, has accepted a two-year sanction for a violation of the UFC® Anti-Doping Policy.

Shakirova, 29, tested positive for meldonium as the result of a sample collected out of competition on December 5, 2020 in her home country of Uzbekistan. Meldonium is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and it is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and the UFC Prohibited List.

Upon being added to the UFC Anti-Doping Program, athletes are required to declare prohibited substances they have used in the previous 12 months. An athlete who makes such declaration will not be deemed to have committed a violation but, depending on the substance, may be required to refrain from competition for a period of at least six months and provide at least two negative samples. Shakirova did not declare the use of meldonium on her onboarding declaration forms.

Shakirova’s two-year period of ineligibility began on December 5, 2020, the date her positive sample was collected.

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