Back in March, Mark Hunt picked up yet another walk-off KO as he defeated Frank Mir in the first round of their ‘UFC FN: Sydney’ main event scrap.
After the bout, news surfaced that Mir had failed a drug test that was taken after his loss to Hunt. Mir adamantly denied that he took any performance enhancing drugs, and revealed that if he were to be suspended for 2 years he would retire from MMA.
Now, after his ‘B Sample’ also tested positive for traces of turinabol metabolites, Mir is wondering if the kangaroo meat he ate in Australia is the reason he failed the drug test.
He spoke to Phone Booth Fighting:
MMAFighting has the transcription:
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“I went through the process just to see if maybe something happened with testing procedure, but they re-tested the ‘B’ sample and it came back with the same results, as far as having trace metabolites. Giving the animals [drugs] is not really unheard of, especially that — turinabol is extremely popular in Australia. So to give it to the animals to bulk them up, that way you make more money when it comes to bring that animal in to be butchered. It sounds awful, but I’m listening to it, trying to go back, trying to figure that out…”
“Part of the procedure was that I had the right to be there in person where it was tested at. I asked for it to be sent a different lab, and that’s not the case. It gets tested at the same lab. Since I couldn’t be there, they appointed one of the other lab techs as my representative. But here’s my thought on that: you and I work for a lab, you do a test on a guy and let’s say you messed up, that somehow it came back the wrong test. Now I’m your co-worker and I’m going to run the test on the same thing. It came out of our lab, we work for the same company – this lab – even if I found that you made an error, am I really going to go ahead and go, ‘oh man, hey, you know that guy you just got suspended for two years and might have ended his career? You screwed up. Our whole lab messed up. Oh my God, yeah, let’s go ahead and let’s bring that to light real quick.’ I would think having a test at the same lab is a conflict of interest.”