Another Ultimate Fighting Championship legend may be tied to performance enhancing drugs.
Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has allegedly been notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, who handles the independent administering of the promotion’s anti-doping policy, that a potential violation has been flagged. The test was administered on the same day Mir, 18-11, was stopped by Mark Hunt with a first-round punch at UFC Fight Night 85.
“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 did not take any performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to compete,” said Mir in a statement.
“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 judgement against me until all the facts have been revealed.”
The UFC released an official statement Friday night:
“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.”
Sherdog.com will have more on the situation as additional details become available.