Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight kingpin Frank Mir was recently flagged for a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation, which occurred in the wake of his UFC Fight Night 85 loss to Mark Hunt last March in Australia.
More on that mess here.
Mir, however, is adamant that he never knowingly ingested any sort of performance-enhancing drug (PED), and wondered aloud if the kangaroo meat he's been ingesting (yuck) was responsible for the traces of oral turinabol metabolites, classified as an anabolic steroid.
"I went through the process just to see if maybe something happened with testing procedure, but they re-tested the ‘B' sample and it came back with the same results, as far as having trace metabolites. Giving the animals [drugs] is not really unheard of, especially that -- turinabol is extremely popular in Australia. So to give it to the animals to bulk them up, that way you make more money when it comes to bring that animal in to be butchered. It sounds awful, but I'm listening to it, trying to go back, trying to figure that out... Part of the procedure was that I had the right to be there in person where it was tested at. I asked for it to be sent a different lab, and that's not the case. It gets tested at the same lab. Since I couldn't be there, they appointed one of the other lab techs as my representative. But here's my thought on that: you and I work for a lab, you do a test on a guy and let's say you messed up, that somehow it came back the wrong test. Now I'm your co-worker and I'm going to run the test on the same thing. It came out of our lab, we work for the same company - this lab - even if I found that you made an error, am I really going to go ahead and go, ‘oh man, hey, you know that guy you just got suspended for two years and might have ended his career? You screwed up. Our whole lab messed up. Oh my God, yeah, let's go ahead and let's bring that to light real quick.' I would think having a test at the same lab is a conflict of interest."
There have been documented cases of tainted meat causing positive drug tests.
Mir, who was once a card-carrying member of the TRT club (details), insists he will retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) if USADA slaps him with a two-year suspension. The good news is, there has been a wave of leniency in recent months for
twats athletes who are willing to put up a fight.
For better or for worse.