Frank Mir Suspended For Two Years By USADA For Failing A Drug Test

Frank Mir

It appears like UFC veteran Frank Mir will need to sit out an entire year before he can step back inside the cage. At 37 years of age, will Mir even attempt another run in MMA after? I guess will know more in the upcoming months as he gets closer to being reinstated, but at the moment he is officially out.

On Friday, the UFC announced that Mir was suspended two years by USADA for testing positive for a long-term metabolite of dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT). The USADA in-competition test was conducted right after his loss to Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 85 on March 20, 2016, in Brisbane, Australia. Since the suspension is backdated to April 8, 2016, Mir will be eligible for reinstatement in just under a year.

Mir has lobbied for release from his UFC contract several times since news of his test results broke, but has not been granted a release as of yet.

Statement From USADA

DHCMT is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. The finding of a long-term DHCMT metabolite in Mir’s sample, which was identified through a new detection method by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Tokyo, Japan, led to Mir being provisionally suspended from competition on April 8, 2016.

Upon learning of the positive results of the sample analyzed in Tokyo, USADA had all previously collected stored samples for Mir reanalyzed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah (SMRTL), which had also recently implemented methodology for the detection of newly identified long-term DHCMT metabolites. As a result of the additional analyses, SMRTL discovered that an out-of-competition sample Mir provided on February 5, 2016, which had previously been reported to USADA as negative for the presence of prohibited substances, was also positive for the same long-term DHCMT metabolite found in Mir’s in-competition sample.

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