Cro Cop Reportedly Never Failed UFC Drug Test, but Remains Suspended

January 10, 2016
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Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic might never have tested positive to a United States Anti-Doping Agency drug test, but he will maintain the dubious distinction of being the first UFC fighter sanctioned under the promotion new anti-doping policy.

Cro Cop pulled out of a planned fight with Anthony Hamilton in November due to injury and announced his retirement. A short time later, he was suspended by USADA for anti-doping violations.

Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic“Filipovic, 41, admitted to the use, attempted use, and possession of human growth hormone (‘hGH’) following an out-of-competition test conducted on November 4, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia. On the day he was tested, prior to any results being reported, Filipovic contacted the UFC to advise them that he had been using hGH in violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Thereafter, on November 9, 2015, Filipovic admitted to USADA as well that he had been using the prohibited substance,” according to the USADA statement announcing his suspension.

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A recent report by Croatian news outlet Vecernji stated that Cro Cop recently received an email from USADA chief Travis Tygart notifying him that his Nov. 4 test indicated “no illicit substances or methods.”

USADA has not yet verified that Cro Cop did not test positive, but did state that regardless of the test results his suspension will not be rescinded because he freely admitted to the use of hGH, which in itself is an anti-doping violation.

“Regardless of whether Mr. Filipovic was actively using a prohibited substance during the time of his test, he admitted to the use, attempted use, and possession of human growth hormone (hGH), which are all violations of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy,” Annie Skinner, a USADA spokesperson, told

“When my shoulder problems started, basic methods like massages and icing the shoulder did not help. Then I went to blood plasma which went straight into my shoulder. With each blood plasma, I had a little mix of growth hormone to make my shoulder heal faster,” admitted in November. “Growth hormones are on the list of banned substances. I knew that already. But there was no other way to save my shoulder–at least in my mind–without combining the blood plasma with growth hormones.”

Filipovic’s career record stands at 31-11-2, 1 NC. Prior to announcing his retirement, the Croatian was on a three-fight winning streak.

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  • Dr poo little

    This is the weirdest thing I’ve read in awhile

  • Knasty Knight

    that kinda sucks.

  • TheCerealKiller

    He manned up and admitted it without being caught. I guess I have to respect that.

  • Fritzl

    he admitted taking hgH and passed the test. WTF?!?!?!?!

  • Neil

    Bet he’s pissed with himself he even made the phone call now, ha.

  • shakejunt

    shame that they’re finally doing a croatia card and he’s suspended/retired.

  • Dr. Hungman

    Maybe the GH was bunk. Kinda like the kid in highschool who bought oregano thinking he got weed.

  • MikeMcK

    I really find it odd that people have the stance they do about “PED’s” being used in the type of situations Cro Cop described.

    In 2016 people really believe that Pro Atheletes should not take any substances that any Joe Schmo would be given by his doctor in the case of an injury?
    Why do people want Pro Atheletes to be given lesser medical care than the rest of society? The idea is absurd.

    The only argument that makes sense for more than 2 seconds is that “Atheletes will a use it.” Problem is that only makes sense for about 5 seconds. We don’t take everyone’s car away because many people speed and “endanger ” others. Or any of the other 100 hundred examples that one could give.

    When PED’s first became illegal it was because the steroids were warmful to the person taking them. And it would be unfair to make someone risk their health to be on equal footing. Now it has been decided that athletes with medical conditions shouldn’t receive the care that any other person would get because it may possibly put them in better than normal health?

    As many fans that shame Atheletes for abusing PED’s should be shaming commissions and organizations for requiring people to be in questionable health simply because they don’t wish to invest any money in monitoring people.

    Btw, I have no idea if Cro Cops story is legit. However we all should know because the UFC or the Commission’s should be able to confirm it.

  • Caleb

    This is just further proof that hgh can’t reliably be detected by the current methods and that the current methods aren’t always valid.

    Then again this has always been known about hgh.