Remember the other day when legendary kickboxer/MMA fighter Mirko Cro Cop announced his retirement, citing nagging injuries leading up to UFC Fight Night 79 as the reason? Well, turns out that wasn’t the whole story.
Homeboy failed a drug test. Oops.
As per MMAFighting:
The MMA legend has been provisionally suspended by USADA due to a potential anti-doping policy violation, the UFC announced Wednesday. USADA notified both Cro Cop and the UFC about the potential violation, according to a release. The statement did not give any details regarding the possible violation. Because of the suspension, his fight with Anthony Hamilton has been canceled.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Cro Cop,” the UFC statement said. “Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time in the process.”
So, it looks as if the UFC’s new drug testing policy and procedures are working, because they just snagged a co-main event fighter.
It also is probably safe to assume that Cro Cop will fight again… in Japan, where they don’t care about drug use and doping, and they certainly don’t care about suspensions that would only be enforceable in the States.
Cro Cop versus Fedor Emelianenko at Rizin, anyone?