Ah, the world of professional MMA fighting. A place where athletes are constantly pushing their bodies to the breaking point, and doping scandals are as common as cauliflower ear. And today’s news is no different.
Elizeu Zaleski, fresh off a one-year suspension for using banned substances, is set to return to the octagon on Saturday to face Abubakar Nurmagomedov in UFC Vegas 74. Zaleski plans to unleash all his frustration on the Russian talent because apparently serving a suspension he considers “unfair” wasn’t enough vengeance.
Oh yes, let justice be served…inside an arena that looks like something out of Thunderdome.
Zaleski was supposed to meet Mounir Lazzez in April 2022 when he failed an out-of-competition drug test performed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) one month prior to the bout. He was flagged for ostarine – a selective androgen receptor modulator that’s been linked with several cases involving tainted supplements.
“It was a tainted [supplement], but the compound pharmacy didn’t admit their mistake,” said Zaleski on this week’s episode of MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast. “They would never admit their mistake, of course, and that has made things worse with USADA.”
I mean if you can’t trust your local Brazilian compounding pharmacist who can you really trust?
But don’t worry folks! According to USADA it appears that there aren’t any supplements free from contamination anymore so we’re all good here. “The substance has commonly been found as a declared and undeclared ingredient in many dietary supplements” even though it isn’t available as prescription medication anywhere,” said one representative at USADA over email …probably while enjoying some samples from GNC or vitamin shoppe themselves.
During his forced time away from cages,Zaleksi enjoyed QT with family after competing for 13 years in MMA. Of course, not being able to fight took a toll on him financially. But you know what they say; the sponsors are the ones keeping these people from using their advanced degrees and becoming something respectable.
“I pretty much lost all the money I had invested in my camp [for Lazzez]. I spent a lot of money,” said Zaleski. He even considered suing that darn Brazilian compound pharmacy but “I had no money to pay the lawyer”
Ah yes, let’s just add more expenses to this explosive mess!
However, Mr.Zaleksi is determined to make Nurmagomedov pay inside the octagon when he finally gets his chance againSaturday night since one year off fighting was apparently not enough punishment.
“His game is engineered step-by-step toward grappling,” said Miss Cleo Zaleski aboutMr.Nurmagomedov.“He’s no fool with his kickboxing and does well there…but does it just so he can grapple.” Maybe Elizeu should take notes so that he can better hide any future indiscretions
Assuming(if we dare)he wins overNurmagomedov,eventually Capoeira would like two welterweights as possible opponents: Gunnar Nelson who presently has nothing set after submitting Bryan Barberena in March, or post-June 24 opponent Neil Magny should both these journeymen fighters have an interest(assuming anyone bothers listening).
“They would be good matchups style-wise for me,” says Zaleksi .“I think that’s an interesting next step for me.”
Only time will tell whether or not Mr.Zaleksimakes waves atUFC Vegas 74.We’re sure whatever happens yet another doping scandal is right around the corner inevitably soon considering where trying to catch up with our sponsored peers has brought us already!
Elizeu Zaleski frustrated over ‘unfair’ doping suspension, eyes Gunnar Nelson or Neil Magny after UFC Vegas 74