Earlier this week, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic stunned the MMA world when he announced his retirement just weeks ahead of a co-main event fight vs. Anthony Hamilton.
Now we know why.
The UFC released a statement in which he announced Filipovic has failed a pre-fight drug test, as his sample was flagged for a potential violation. He has been provisionally suspended under the new drug testing policy.
Below is the statement:
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.