Mir, a former UFC heavyweight champion, failed an in-competition drug test at UFC Fight Night 85 and will serve a two-year suspension, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Friday.
Mir, who lost to the heavy-hitting Mark Hunt in UFC Fight Night 85's main event, tested positive for a long-term metabolite of dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), a prohibited substance which is classified as an anabolic agent.
USADA released the details of Mir's suspension yesterday:
“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.e
Mir is one of the most prominent fighters in the UFC and has been competing in the promotion since 2001. The submission specialist has requested his release from his UFC contract but has not been granted permission. Mir is 2-6 in his last eight fights and is most known for his rivalry with Brock Lesnar.