On Wednesday afternoon, the UFC announced mixed martial arts icon Mirko Cro Cop has been provisionally suspended due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation. According the a press release, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified the UFC about the failure.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Cro Cop. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time in the process.

This news comes only a few days after Cro Cop, real name Flipovic, announced an injured shoulder had forced him out of his scheduled heavyweight contest against Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, South Korea. He would later announce his retirement from the sport of MMA. However, it now appears that was not the full story.

The also means the Croatian will be forever know as the first person suspended by USADA since the third-party organization took over the UFC’s anti-doping program in July.

In terms of competition,  the Croatian (32-11-2) most recently made his return to UFC for the first time in three-and-a-half years with violent TKO victory over Gabriel Gonzaga in April, avenging his 2007 loss in the process.

The 40-year-old former K-1 Champion previously left the UFC in 2011 after suffering three straight knockout losses to Frank Mir, Brenden Schaub and Roy Nelson. He would go on to take an extended leave from MMA altogether, in order to concentrate on kickboxing, before returning to the sport 2012.

Cro Cop holds notable victories over Josh Barnett, Mark Coleman, Wanderlei Silva (2), Kazushi Sakuraba, Heath Herring, Kevin Randleman and Igor Vovchanchyn.

The UFC also announced they are currently looking for anew opponent for Hamilton.

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