UFC has released Russian fighter, Askar Askarov after not being cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Askar is a Russian mixed martial artist competing in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Russian has a stunning record of 12-0-1 in the UFC.
The freestyle wrestler is coming off similar wins against Alexandre Pantoja and Tim Elliot in the UFC. Askarov won via decision in the third round. The undefeated flyweight fighter was expected to fight for the title very soon.
Askar was originally scheduled to fight against Cody Stamann at the UFC Fight Night 184 this past Saturday. The Russian was removed from the fight hours before the event due to medical abnormalities. During the pre-fight medical testing, Askarov was found to be failing his medical clearances. Reports suggest that the abnormalities had nothing to do with COVID-19 or drug testing.
Askar was offered the fight in less than one week’s notice before the Stamann fight to replace Andre Ewell. The cancellation of the fight marked the third opponent who withdrew from a UFC Fight Night 184 booking against Stamann.
Askar Askarov most recently competed in the LFA 92 main event in October. He defeated Kevin Wirth by a unanimous decision.
Askarov hopes to seek medical clearance and re-join the UFC
Askar was ranked #3 in the UFC Flyweight rankings and was eager to champion another win inside the Octagon. He remains undefeated in the Octagon with a single draw against Brandon Moreno in his MMA Career.
It is a pity that a fighter like Askarov has been released from the roster. It was only a matter of a couple of fights before the Russian would have been competing for the Flyweight title.
Askarov is positive and determined to seek his medical clearance soon to rejoin the roster of UFC. The medical abnormalities on which he was released have yet not been mentioned by his officials.