Recently USADA has been bringing the hammer down on more fighters, including the UFC hall-of-famer Frank Mir. Mir was Mir tested positive for a long-term metabolite of dehydrochloromethyltestosterone after his knockout by Mark Hunt.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency says Mir failed a drug test following his UFC Fight Night 85 bout with Hunt and hit him with a retroactive 2 year ban that will end in around 11 months.
Mir recently spoke to the TMZ about the ban. Feeling disenfranchised about the sport, Mir now looks to set his sights to Japan. “I’ll keep looking for ways to fight.” Said Frank in an interview with TMZ Sport, “I always wanted to fight in Japan.”
Currently Frank Mir isn’t in discussions with an organisations in Japan, but we speculate that most likely has his eye firmly set on Rizin. Especially after Mirko Cro Crop’s win at their recent heavyweight grandprix, and the fact that it’s widely known in professional MMA circles that Japan takes a blind eye towards supplements and steroids.
“DHCMT is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. The finding of a long-term DHCMT metabolite in Mir’s sample, which was identified through a new detection method by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Tokyo, Japan, led to Mir being provisionally suspended from competition on April 8, 2016.
“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. As a result of the additional analyses, SMRTL discovered that an out-of-competition sample Mir provided on February 5, 2016, which had previously been reported to USADA as negative for the presence of prohibited substances, was also positive for the same long-term DHCMT metabolite found in Mir’s in-competition sample.”
Mir (18-11), who has lost six of his past eight fights, has lobbied for release from his UFC contract several times since news of his test results broke, but has not been granted a release as of yet.