Kirill Sidelnikov

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Wow, didn’t see this coming.

The CSAC issued a press release today stating that Fedor Emelianenko’s training partner/protege, Kirill Sidelnikov, aka “Baby Fedor,” tested positive for the steroid Stanozolol following his Affliction bout with Paul Buentello.

The California State Athletic Commission has suspended and fined Kirill Sidelnikov, who suffered a loss to Paul Buentello at the Jan. 24 “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” event, for failing a drug test.

Sidelnikov, also known as “Baby Fedor,” tested positive for the synthetic anabolic steroid Stanozolol. He’s been suspended one year and fined $2,500. ( learned of the possible failed test earlier this week and contacted the CSAC, which today sent a press release confirming the suspension and fine.

At least appearance wise, it’s not exactly something you would expect from Kirill with his less than ideal physique, to put it mildly.

There wasn’t one point during his fight with Buentello that Sidelnikov ever appeared to be winning. So, if anything this just goes to show that while steroids may give a fighter added strength, quickness, and explosiveness, it’s a not a magic potion that can fill holes in a fighter’s skill-sets.

At this point, there’s no word if Kirill will pull an Antonio Silva and fight overseas during his suspension, although I wouldn’t be the least surprised if he does. If not, this is a pretty big setback for Kirill in terms of his growth. If you’ve seen his other fights, it’s obvious the kid has talent and a bright future, but now, like every young fighter, he needs time to improve and as much experience as he can get.