Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announced his retirement from MMA before a planned fight with Anthony Hamilton this coming weekend.
Shortly after, it was confirmed that Cro Cop had failed a pre-fight drug test. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced on Wednesday that the fighter has been suspended for two years, and the UFC will recognize the suspension.
Check out the complete press release below:
UFC recognizes the two-year sanction issued today to Mirko Cro Cop by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for violations of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.
UFC secured the services of USADA, a third-party agency, earlier this year to administer its Anti-Doping Policy to ensure that all athletes compete on an even playing field, free of performance enhancing drugs. UFC appreciates Cro Cop’s disclosure and admission of usage of a prohibited substance, and supports the issuance of necessary sanctions to maintain a clean sport.
Cro Cop has subsequently announced his retirement from the sport after a storied career. UFC recognizes his accomplishments in the sport of mixed martial arts and wishes him well in future endeavors.