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Read UFC statement on Mirko Cro Cop's anti-doping violation (Updated)


Esther Lin

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Mirko Filipovic withdrew from his upcoming UFC Fight Night 79 mixed martial arts (MMA) bout against Anthony Hamilton, which was scheduled for Nov. 28, 2015 inside Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea, after suffering yet another injury in training camp.

Shortly thereafter, he retired from active competition.

Not long after the Croatian striker called it quits (again), word came from United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that "Cro Cop" was in violation of the promotion's anti-doping policy, and was suspended from competition effective immediately.


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.

Hamilton will be booked for a new bout on a card in the near future.

I'm sure the timing of his retirement was purely coincidental.

"Four things I use," Filipovic once said in regards to the performance-enhancing drug problem in MMA. "Plus vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, lots of fruit, lots of rest. I never liked all that other stuff, its dangerous to play with. As far as I am concerned, it's too dangerous."

USADA has yet to release details on why "Cro Cop" was in violation, but you can expect that information to become available over the coming days.

Stay tuned.

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