USADA have announced that Frank Mir failed a drug test following his loss to Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 85 in Australia on March 20th.

The 36 year-old former heavyweight was defeated on the night by first round knockout in what was his 27th fight for the promotion, which meant that he now equalled Tito Ortiz for having the most bouts in UFC history.

The UFC issued a statement conforming that Mir had been flagged by USADA.

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Frank Mir of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected the day of his fight on March 20, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Mir. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.”

Mir had been set to serve as an analyst on the UFC Fight Night 86 broadcast on FOX Sports 1 tomorrow, but this latest news means that he’s now been pulled from the show.

However, Mir has issued a statement of his own in which he denies having taken any Performance Enhancing Drug.

“To all my fans and supporters, I recently have been notified by USADA that the test I took on the night of the fight came back positive for a substance that I did not take,” Mir wrote. “I don’t know how that is possible as I did not take any performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to compete. I have never tested positive for a banned substance since joining the UFC and becoming a 2x champion. I ask all of you to hold judgment against me until all the facts have been revealed.”

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