On April 8, UFC announced that the two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir has been flagged for a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation from a in-competition drug test collected the night of UFC Fight Night 85, where he got  knockout in round one against Mark Hunt.

UFC’s statement

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Frank Mir of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected the day of his fight on March 20, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Mir. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Mir has been fighting in the UFC all the way back to Nov. 2, 2001, where he made his UFC debut and third professional MMA fight against Roberto Traven, where he came out victorious by the way of submission, armbar. Since then, Mir has become a two time heavyweight champion, stayed for the most part inside top 15 rank system, and always been one of UFC most recognizable fighters over the years.
Later on that friday a statement was put out by Mir where he denied using any performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

Statement from Frank Mir

“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,” Mir wrote. “I don’t know how that is possible as I did not take any performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to compete.

I have never tested positive for a banned substance since joining the UFC and becoming a 2x champion. I ask all of you to hold judgment against me until all the facts have been revealed.

Thank you,

Frank Mir”

 

If the potential violation turns out to be a positive drug test, and depending on what the actual PED in question is (as of right now, we don’t know) this could severely damage the legacy of the now 36-year-old two time UFC heavyweight world champion. From what Mir has built from his now one and a half decade long MMA career.

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