Usman Nurmagomedov suffers another blow after PED scandal, pulls out of Bellator Paris with undisclosed injury

Usman Nurmagomedov, the undefeated Bellator lightweight champion, has decided to pull out of his upcoming bout. He was scheduled to fight Alexandre Chabli on the upcoming Bellator Paris fight card on May 17. The card also features a highly anticipated fight between rising French MMA stars. Cedric drowned and Derek Anderson. That fight will also not go ahead as Anderson has withdrawn from the competition due to injury.

Nurmagomedov previously defeated Brent Primus at Bellator 300 via unanimous decision in San Diego, California. However, the win was later stripped after the Dagestani superstar tested positive for having a banned substance in his system. However, the 25-year-old remains the champion as the nature of the doping was deemed to be unintentional.

Usman’s manager Ali Abdel Aziz revealed that the positive PED test was due to a prescription drug that the fighter had been using for a long time. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) later imposed the penalty Nurmagomedov including a $50,000 fine and a six-month suspension from competition in California in November 2023. This is going to be his return to fighting after a complete failure. However, now it looks like fans will have to wait more.

After Usman Nurmagomedov pulled out, Bellator announced a new main event for the Paris card.

In an official statement, Bellator revealed that Usman Nurmagomedov has pulled out due to an undisclosed “injury.” So that makes it clear that there are no PED-related issues to stay out of his upcoming Bellator Paris. However, Usman’s fans shouldn’t be too disappointed as MMA Promotions also revealed that the fight between Nurmagomedov and Alexander Shabli will be rebooked for a later date.

And, the organization has also reshuffled the fight card. Now, Bellator bantamweight champ Patchy Mix has been moved to the main event slot, where he will defend the belt against Magomed Magomedov. In the co-main event, Cedric Doomber was scheduled to face Derek Anderson in a welterweight bout. But it remains to be seen if Doombe will be on the cards at all after Anderso’s injury.

Anderson took to his Instagram account to reveal that he had a ‘hit and run’ accident in which his left leg appears to have been badly cut. The card will also feature other popular fighters such as Gregory Bebene, Costello Van Stennis and Yves Landau. The event takes place on Friday, May 17, 2024.

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