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Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir was recently informed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential in-competition Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from his recent fight with Mark Hunt.
Hunt knocked Mir out in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 85 headlining bout on March 20 in Brisbane, Australia, so any sanctioning wouldn’t affect the result of the bout. But if the violation is confirmed, Mir would be handed a two-year suspension.
Mir, who was baffled at how he could have tested positive for any performance-enhancing substances, realizes the gravity of the situation, but he's not simply accepting it. During a special episode of his podcast, Mir said USADA informed him that he tested positive for was the metabolites, or a derivative of, an oral steroid.
“Now, I'm suspended for two years,” said Mir. “(But) I am getting the B sample tested.”
Prior to breaking down his recent situation with USADA, Mir issued a public statement, asking for people to reserve judgement until all the facts of the case have been revealed.
“To all my fans and supporters, I recently have been notified by usada that the test I took on the night of the fight came back positive for a substance that I did not take. I don't know how that is possible as I do not take any performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to compete. I have never tested positive for banned substances since joining the UFC and becoming a 2X champion. I ask all of you to hold judgement against me until all the facts have been revealed.”
Mir went into great detail about his recent drug test accusations and his current and past therapeutic use exemptions on his Phone Booth Fighting podcast.