Frank Mir’s Career May Be Over If USADA Suspends Him For Two Years
SB Nation – This could be it for Frank Mir.
The former UFC heavyweight champion said Saturday on his Phone Booth Fighting podcast that he would more than likely retire if he is suspended two years by USADA for failing a drug test.
“That was probably my last time fighting,” Mir said. … “I don’t see any other way around it. Age is catching up to me now. I’m not gonna get any younger in the next two years.”
Mir, 36, said USADA found a small amount of oral turinabol metabolites in his system in an in-competition drug test in relation to his fight with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane, Australia. The fight took place March 19 and Mir lost via first-round knockout.
Mir is denying that he knowingly took the anabolic steroid. Oral turinabol’s effects include increased strength and endurance. The drug was created in East Germany in the 1960s and involved in the infamous German doping scandal of the 1970s and ’80s.
Mir said he passed a Feb. 2 USADA out-of-competition drug test and he does not understand how only a small amount of this banned substance was in his body when he was clean just a few weeks before the bout.
USADA did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday morning. The UFC’s third-party anti-doping partner typically does not fully comment on cases for the adjudication process is complete. Mir said he has asked USADA to test his B sample.
Happy trails to Frank Mir. It stinks his career may end on this note but we are seeing more of this since the USADA increased drug testing. I think if a fighter is going to do a cycle of something they need to throw a little of whatever they are doing into their legal supplements in case of a failed test. They can give the sample to USADA and it will come back tainted. It will be the mixed martial arts version of the fall guy. You will still get suspended but the penalty will probably be less. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, the determination that an athlete’s positive test was caused by a contaminated product may result in a reduced sanction. The sanction for a doping offense resulting from the use of a contaminated product ranges from a reprimand and no period of ineligibility, at a minimum, to a two-year period of ineligibility, at a maximum. Yoel Romero just got his sanction reduced to 6 months. If the glove doesn’t fit you must acquit but if the glove fits tremendous throw a little of what you are doing in something else and hope for a reduced sentence. If kind of rhymes (tremendous and sentence).