Frank Mir suspended by UFC after USADA notifies him of a potential anti-doping policy violation

UFC heavyweight Frank Mir (18-11-0) was informed yesterday his in-competition urine sample collected March 20th for his UFC Fight Night 85 fight with Mark Hunt potentially contains a banned substance.

This means if the “B” sample confirms the first “A” sample, it will likely mean a two-year ban from competing in MMA for Mir.

The UFC announced they are suspending Mir during the USADA investigation.

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Mir, 36, also cannot perform any broadcast work for the UFC while under suspension.

Mir discussed the situation on Episode 025 his Phone Booth podcast. Essentially, Mir said USADA told him he tested positive for an anabolic steroid metabolite in the sample. He also pleaded his innocence on social media.

Mir said on the podcast he was tested in the morning by USADA on February 2nd.

The UFC said in their 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.

The USADA investigation continues.

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