Azamat Murzakanov

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UFC debut set for Nov. 20
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 7, 2021
Murzakanov is scheduled to make his UFC debut Nov. 20 in a light heavyweight fight versus Marcin Prachnio, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
It's been a long road to get to this point for Murzanakov, whose original UFC debut scheduled for June of 2017 before he was suspended for a doping violation. He was let go by UFC in 2019, but he earned a contract on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He's still undefeated as a professional fighter (10-0), but he'll be at a five-inch height disadvantage and three-inch deficit in reach versus Prachnio.
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Earns contract in emphatic fashion
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 31, 2021
Murzakanov defeated Matheus Scheffel via TKO (punches) at 3:00 of Round 1 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, he was one of five fighters awarded an official UFC contract.
Murzakanov looked every bit the part of the -500 (or greater) betting favorite that he closed as entering Tuesday's main event. He calmly waited for his opportunity before unloading a straight left that wobbled his opponent, then sent Scheffel to the canvas with a right hook. He managed one follow-up shot before referee Herb Dean jumped in to stop the proceedings. Murzakanov has quite the story with the UFC. He was supposed to compete at a Fight Night event back in 2017, but pulled out for undisclosed reasons and later hit with a two-month anti-doping suspension. The UFC parted ways at that time, but is now taking another chance on the undefeated Russian prospect.
Let go by UFC
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 5, 2019
Murzakanov (suspension) has been released by the UFC, Nolan King of reports.
Murzakanov was scheduled to make his UFC debut against Joachim Christen in June of 2017, but he was flagged by the USADA and given a two-year suspension. However, he has already found a new home and will take on Guto Inocente at Brave CF on Nov. 14.
Accepts two-year suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 8, 2019
Murzakanov has accepted a two-year suspension retroactive to his positive drug test Sept. 2, 2017, Shaun Al-Shatti of reports.
The ruling was originally delayed after Murzakanov asked for time to find the source of the positive drug test, but the Russian fighter has now accepted a two-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Policy. With the suspension retroactive to the date of the original test, he will be cleared to fight again Sept. 2 of this year. Once he does return, he'll finally be able to make his UFC debut after he signed with them prior to the drug test and had to pull out of originally scheduled debut at UFC Oklahoma City in June of 2017 due to injury.
Potential doping violation
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 26, 2017
Murzakanov has been informed of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected Sept. 2.
A lot has to happen before a suspension is issued to Murzakanov. His 'B' sample must confirm the result, which is almost always the case, and then the adjudication process will commence. Depending on his explanation for the appearance of the banned substance, he could be facing a suspension anywhere from six months to two years.
Out of UFC Oklahoma City
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 15, 2017
Murzakanov will no longer be fighting Joachim Christensen at UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25 in Oklahoma City.
Murzakanov was scheduled to debut with the UFC against Joachim Christensen, but will no longer be making the journey to Oklahoma. There is no explanation as to the reason behind the withdrawal at this time.