When news broke this week that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Frank Mir may have been caught violating U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug policy dating back to his bout with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 85, fans were understandably surprised.
While the 36-year-old has been linked to legal testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT) in the past, he in no way, shape, or form looked like he was hocked up on performance enhancers the night that Hunt knocked him out in the first round. But as conservative mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, especially during a time when countless fighters are being nabbed, we must reserve all reaction until the facts completely spill out.
In a recent social media post via Moby Picture, the former UFC champion attempts to clear his name with a decree of innocence:
Unfortunately, we can never truly believe what any fighter says pertaining to testing positive for something. And while Mir's body didn't look enhanced one bit at UFC Fight Night 85, his history of TRT usage certainly raises some eyebrows.
But the most unsuspecting piece of information to come out of this ongoing ordeal is that Mir believes he may have failed a drug test the day of the fight after consuming Kangaroo meat in Australia (h/t Bloody Elbow), while maintaining his stance that he never knowingly took an illegal substance. Blaming Kangaroo meat seems like the most audacious reason as to why someone would fail USADA drug policy, but there's really nothing that will completely shock the MMA world this day and age.
More facts will trickle in over the next few days, so stay tuned to MMAmania for more updates on Mir's future.