How Mad Is Mirko “Cro Cop” For Telling The Truth About Using HGH?
MMAJunkie – Croatian media outlet Vecernji reports that Mirko Filipovic, the man best known as “Cro Cop,” never actually tested positive for any banned substances, but that won’t change anything regarding the legendary heavyweight’s fighting future.
United States Anti-Doping Agency spokesperson Annie Skinner told MMA Fighting that Filipovic’s previous admission of the use of a banned substance was all the evidence the organization needed to suspend Filipovic for two years in accordance with the UFC’s recently enacted anti-doping policy.
“Regardless of whether Mr. Filipovic was actively using a prohibited substance during the time of his test, he admitted to the use, attempted use, and possession of human growth hormone (HGH), which are all violations of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy,” Skinner told MMA Fighting.
In November, Filipovic (31-11-2 MMA, 5-6 UFC) abruptly retired from the sport after withdrawing from a planned UFC Fight Night 79 contest with Anthony Hamilton in South Korea. Shortly after, USADA announced the Croatian kickboxer was suspended for two years after admitting to the use of human growth hormone to help repair a shoulder injury.
According to Vecernji, Filipovic recently received an email from USADA CEO Travis Tygart stating that his drug test results all came back negative for the presence of performance enhancing substances. However, according to USADA policy, the results aren’t needed to uphold the previously ordered suspension since Filipovic openly admitted the use of a banned substance.
This story brings me back to when I played basketball with my friends. Somebody would hit the ball out of bounds, it would go off my hand and I would deny it until I was blue in the face. I would end up winning the argument, get possession, score 100 points and win the game. This is how “Cro Cop” should have handled the predicament. You never admit to something if it makes you look bad. If I was Mirko I would call the United States Anti-Doping Agency and say… just kidding. That would probably end his suspension and he could fight again.