Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir has been suspended two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Mir had failed an in competition drug test after being knocked out by Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 85 in March of 2016.
The former heavyweight champion was caught with the substance known as dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT) in his system.
This suspension from USADA is retroactive to the date of his drug test failing on April 8 of 2016, which means Mir is able to fight again on April 8 of 2018. Which essentially means that Mir has already served half of his suspension at this point in time.
While the former UFC Heavyweight Champion has been steadfast in his denial of taking any illegal substances, USADA had the sample tested twice to ensure accuracy and the second test also showed that Mir took illegal substances.
MMA Junkie had previously spoken with Mir about his failed drug test and the fighter has not been the happiest of people when it comes to USADA.
“I guess because of being a USA citizen, I’m very much into ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ and they’re very much the ‘guilty until proven innocent’ approach,” Mir said. “Which, again, I understand. I’m not happy being on this side of it, but their only function in the world is drug testing. That’s why they have very much of a, they have all the power on their side, with none on the side of the athlete. That goes why that they’ll never be able to work for the NFL, but the players’ union wants it to be much more equal and they don’t have that.”
Mir has yet to comment on this ruling from USADA.
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