The USADA has officially handed down a two-year suspension on Mirko CroCop for essentially trying to be the Vitor Belfort of Croatia.
If you’ll recall, the legendary kickboxer-turned-MMA fighter was supposed to fight on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 79 card, but pissed so hot his urine sample came out smoking a cigar and talking like Don Frye. He abruptly announced his retirement from the sport, citing injuries, and immediately after the shady drug test was revealed.
Here’s USADA’s official statement:
USADA announced today that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, of Zagreb, Croatia, an athlete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has received a 2-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violations.
Filipovic, 41, admitted to the use, attempted use, and possession of human growth hormone (“hGH”) 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.
None of this matters. CroCop will be back fighting in Japan for Rizin way before this suspension is up, and what is the USADA going to do about it?