Mir cites kangaroo meat as potential source of failed PED test
USADA, the UFC’s independent drug testing service, recently announced that former heavyweight Frank Mir had been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation, following his fight with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 85 on March 20, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. The fighter posted a point blank denial on social media that he had knowingly used PEDs. The fighter had a Therapeutic Use Exemption for Testosterone Replacement Therapy several years ago, but TRT has been discontinued in MMA since 2014.
Mir, coach Ricky Lundell, and broadcaster/comedian Richard Hunter host the Phonebooth Fighting Podcast, and there the fighter discussed the flagged test at length. Mir reiterated that he did not knowingly take PEDs, noted he had passed two random drug tests previously, and revealed that he was flagged for metabolites for Oral Turinabol.
4-Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone, also known asOral Turinabol, Turinabol, Tbol, and Oral Tbol, is a structurally altered form of Dianabol, which itself is a derivative of testosterone. Oral Turinabol was introduced by the pharmaceutical company Jenapharm in East Germany in the 1960′s. The sole goal was to get a competitive edge for both their male and female athletes in the Olympics. It was said that the success of East German Olympians from the 60′s through the 80′s can directly be traced to Tbol use. Currently, Oral Turinabol is marketed and sold only by clandestine laboratories via the black market. There is no pharmaceutical or veterinarian production of this drug. (Source)
Mir speculated that among the things that could have led to a failed test was ingesting kangaroo meat in Australia.
“I couldn’t tell you a single restaurant I remember eating at,” said Mir as transcribed by Lewis Mckeever for BE. “I even remember calling James and saying ‘do you remember where we ate?’ I had to write down all of the places we went. And even if I could figure it out; let’s say someone could document where I went. You’re telling me USADA are gonna go down, and, on my behalf, try to test all the different meats to see if, well, you know, kanagaroos are wild and this guy wanted to beef em’ up so he bought something that was very abundant – in the study that I did – Oral Turinabol could be bought in powdered form.
“You put it on the food and you bulk up your livestock, and you could sell it into the stores because now you get more bang for your buck. An animal that takes two years to reach maturity, you know, muscle weight, now in four months he’s bigger than he’s ever gonna be and you slaughter him. It’s a common practice. I don’t know, I’m not pointing the finger any where, I’m just saying there’s so many loopholes for me to sit there and go ‘where did it come from?’ Hell man, I don’t know, I really don’t. All I know is that I didn’t willingly take anything.”
This is Roger, the famously muscular Kangaroo, who certainly looks as if he is on steroids.
However, kangaroo meat in Australia is not farmed. It is in fact the world’s largest consumptive mammalian wildlife industry. So while Mir could have taken it in a tainted supplement, the kangaroo theory is highly unlikely.
Mir also said if he is suspended for two years, it is functionally speaking the end of his career. As he is currently temporarily suspended pending further investigation, his commentating job is on hold as well, and potentially in jeopardy.
“Two year suspension,” said Mir, as transcribed by MMAjunkie. “And I was supposed to do FOX, the pre-fight and post-fight show this weekend. Once the USADA left my house, about an hour later I even told my wife, ‘Do I go to FOX? What do I do?’ The UFC answered that for me. I got the phone call letting me know that, as long as I’m suspended, I can’t commentate or do any kind of work in that aspect. Basically now, for the next two years.
“Again going back to financial advantage, I made the same amount of money in the fight whether I won or lost or how I looked. But I took the risk, I guess is what they’re saying, of trying to take this metabolite or take this substance and now I won’t make any income through martial arts for the next two years. Which, I’m a pretty well-spoken guy, but I don’t have a college education. Me making money in other avenues is not going to be as easy as walking into the octagon.”
The fighter has requested the B sample be tested. If that comes back positive, he says that’s it.
“Basically, if the ‘B’ sample comes back and I don’t see any way that I’m going to explain,” sad Mir. “I know the lawyer and [manager Malki Kawa] are like, ‘We’ve got to figure out everywhere you ate and everything you put in your body for the past six weeks.’ Come on, man. Ask my wife, I’m lucky that I can figure out where the car is in the driveway half the time. There’s no way. I don’t remember. I don’t log things down like that. Half the time I don’t know where I’m going to eat five minutes before I eat. Or we just go back to the same place. In hindsight maybe that’s not the best idea to frequent the same place four or five times when I’m out of town and set up a pattern. If anybody is out to get you that would not be the way to avoid that problem. And, so, basically this is retirement for me. I don’t see any other way around it.
“That was probably my last time fighting. Retire and, I don’t know, I always wanted to be a police officer and I like the fire department. I don’t know, get into something else.”