On Monday, veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (pictured) announced a shoulder injury not only forced him out of his November 28 bout against Anthony Hamilton, but it also forced him into retirement.
Well, it appears Filipovic didn’t reveal all the information on his official website regarding his current situation. On Wednesday, the UFC reported the 41-year-old has been provisionally suspended by the USADA for possibly flunking a random drug test.
“UFC announced today that a scheduled bout between Mirko Cro Cop and Anthony Hamilton in Seoul, South Korea has been canceled,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “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.”
Neither the UFC nor the USADA revealed what Filipovic may have had in his system.
In Monday’s post, Filipovic candidly stated that he had “injections of blood plasma and various cocktails of drugs” in an attempt to get his shoulder right.
If the suspension stands, Filipovic will be the first UFC fighter to get busted since the UFC partnered with the USAD in July to implement an aggressive drug testing plan, which includes random, year-round screenings and lengthy suspension.
The first infraction under the UFC’s new drug testing policy comes with a two-year ban, with a potential for two additional years for “aggravated circumstances.”