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Frank Mir Suspended Two Years For USADA Violation

22 April 2017

Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time served under his or her sanction.

UFC heavyweight Frank Mir was handed a two-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Friday after multiple violations of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

The agency was able to find the DHCMT metabolite in Mir's sample by using a new detection method developed by a WADA-accredited lab in Tokyo. Which essentially means that Mir has already served half of his suspension at this point in time. That substance showed up following an in-competition test conducted March 20, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane, Australia. The promotion announced the news earlier today (Fri., April 21, 2017).

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Upon learning of the positive results of the sample analyzed in Tokyo, USADA had all previously collected stored samples for Mir reanalyzed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah (SMRTL), which had also recently implemented methodology for the detection of newly identified long-term DHCMT metabolites.

The suspension is retroactive to the date of the provisional suspension in April 2016, meaning Mir has less than 12 months left on his two-year suspension.

After this post-fight sample tested positive it prompted USADA to go back and retest an out-of-competition sample from Mir that had previously tested negative. He cited several instances where the banned substance clenbuterol was found in meat and the steroids given to cattle as a possible source. He had been appealing the decision, and then had asked for his release from his UFC contract to fight elsewhere.

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"I guess because of being a US citizen, I'm very much into "innocent until proven guilty, ' and they're very much the "guilty until proven innocent" approach", Mir said. "Which, again, I understand".

"That's why they have very much of a, they have all the power on their side, with none on the side of the athlete".

Mir has yet to comment on his suspension.

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Frank Mir Suspended Two Years For USADA Violation