This week Mirko Cro Cop announced his retirement after having to pull out of his upcoming fight with Anthony Hamilton. In his statement he explained the recurring problem with injuries, age and the many operations which led to his decision to retire from the sport. However it has now come to light that Mirko Cro Cop has been provisionally suspended due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation. The UFC have given a statement regarding the current situation.
“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.
Hamilton will be booked for a new bout on a card in the near future.”
It has to be mentioned that in the statement put out by Mirko Crop Cop he talks about his daily therapy of various cocktail drugs, this may have been an indication for the news to come.
“I tried to save a shoulder injury and repair in all possible ways: daily therapy, injections of blood plasma and various cocktails of drugs but didn’t work out. The only cure would be a break of two to three weeks, and that I could not afford in the midst of final preparations.”