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CroCop released from UFC contract, goes to RIZIN

Suspended for steroids, CroCop released by UFC, signs with RIZIN
CroCop. Gabi Garcia

UFC heavyweight legend Mirko 'CroCop' Filpovic was slated to fight Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night 79 late last year. Then he announced that he was retiring due to injury. The next day the UFC announced that CroCop was provisionally suspended for a doping violation.

The fighter had been subjected to a random, comprehensive, out of competition test for PEDs, while using what he described as a small amount of HGH for a brief period of time. CroCop said he did not wait for the test results to come back, but immediately informed the UFC about his illegal treatment. He further said that the retirement was caused by the injury, and not by the potentially failed test.

When the tests came back, he did not fail, but CroCop received a two-year suspension by USADA anyway, based on his admission. This left him ineligible to fight until Nov. 8, 2017.

CroCop later decided he did not want to retire. In order to fight, he would have to go overseas, where irresponsible promotions like RIZIN do not care about PEDs. However, his contract with the UFC remained in effect.

Now the UFC has released him:

Former heavyweight contender Mirko Cro Cop announced his retirement from the sport of MMA in November, and recently requested that the remaining bouts in his promotional agreement with the UFC organization be terminated. UFC agreed to terminate the remaining bouts in the promotional agreement, however, Cro Cop was advised that UFC does not have any power to reduce or terminate the sanctions imposed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

CroCop will be competing in RIZIN's tournament along with Wanderlei Silva, who is likewise suspended until 2017 for running from a PED test, literally running, and was also released by the UFC.

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