Mirko Cro Cop Suspended For Two Years By The USADA

Recently retired UFC heavyweight, Mirko Cro Cop received a two-year suspension from the UFC’s anti-doping partner USADA after being caught using human growth hormone for his cancelled fight with Anthony Hamilton at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 79.

The USADA released the following statement on the matter:

“Filipovic admitted to the use, attempted use, and possession of human growth hormone following an out-of-competition test conducted on November 4, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia. On the day he was tested, prior to any results being reported, Filipovic contacted the UFC to advise them that he had been using hGH in violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Thereafter, on November 9, 2015, Filipovic admitted to USADA as well that he had been using the prohibited substance.”

The UFC posted the following statement via it’s website:

“UFC appreciates Cro Cop’s disclosure and admission of usage of a prohibited substance, and supports the issuance of necessary sanctions to maintain a clean sport. ‘Cro Cop’ has subsequently announced his retirement from the sport after a storied career. UFC recognizes his accomplishments in the sport of mixed martial arts and wishes him well in future endeavors.”

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