Just a mere 24 hours after announcing his official retirement, the UFC has reported that heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic had failing the company’s new drug policy that is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
The UFC released an official statement about Filipovic’s drug test failure and suspension:
UFC announced today that a scheduled bout between Mirko Cro Cop and Anthony Hamilton in Seoul, South Korea has been canceled. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has notified both Mirko Cro Cop and UFC that he has been provisionally suspended at this time due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Cro Cop. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time in the process.
In a statement he released earlier this week, Filipovic made no mention about a failed drug test and only cited reoccurring injuries as the main reason for his retirement, “My body is battered by countless trainings, I collected nine surgeries, the body has become prone to injury, after each workout I put ice on my knee operated on because it’s filled with fluid, therapies twice a week.” He also added, “Sooner or later the time comes when a man has to think on the health.”
The timing of Filipovic’s retirement and the announcement of his drug failure seem all too coincidental and if being caught in a drug test is the real reason for Cro Cop’s retirement then that is a shame but it is also good to know that the UFC’s new drug policy is working and helping keep the sport of MMA clean.