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22 April 2017

Frank Mir suspended for two years by USADA

Frank Mir suspended by USADA

Frank Mir suspended for substance violation

A year after his notification for testing positive for Metabolite of Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (18-11) has been issued with a two year suspension by the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) that will now be backdated to April 2016 which should see him elligible to fight again on April 8th 2018. Mir, orginally tested positive for the substance during in-competition testing after his knock out defeat to Mark Hunt in Australia on March 20th 2016 at UFC Fight Night 85

Subsequent testing ordered 

The USADA stated that they used their new detection method at an accredited testing laboratory in Tokyo, Japan, which discovered the banned substance in his competition sample and then ordered that all of Mir's previous samples at the WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) accredited lab' in Salt Lake City, Utah, be retested and as a result of further testing, the same substance was found in another sample from an 'out of competition' test for the same long-term DHCMT metabloite. Mir orginally denied taking the substance and surprisingly tried in vain to blame the Kangaroo meat in Australia but the agency was never going to be swayed by the claim, though probably worth a shot as a defence from Mr Mir's point of view. 

USADA press release

"DHCMT is a non-specified substance in the class of Anobolic 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 Mr Mir being provisionally suspended from competition on 8th April 2016".

"Upon learning of the positive results of the sample analyzed in Tokyo, the USADA had all previously collected stored samples for Mir reanalyzed at the WADA-accreditted laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, SMRTL (Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory) which had also recently implemented methodology for the detection of newly identified long-term DHCMT metabolites. As a result of additional analyses, SMRTL discovered that an out of competition sample Mir provided on February 5th 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 found in Mir's in competition sample"

Mir, having lost his six of his last eight fights has made it clear that he wants to be released from his UFC contract. He is yet to comment on his suspension.