Frank Mir Doesn’t Think PEDs Make MMA Fighters Better, Interested In Bellator

Frank Mir Doesn’t Think PEDs Make MMA Fighters Better, Interested In Bellator



Frank Mir is quite an interesting figure both in terms of bjj and mma communities. Very well spoken, intelligent Mir stands behind his attitudes even when they don’t necessarily make sense to the majority.

Such was the case with his latest interview with Usa today sport (clip attached on bottom):

“I guess because of being a US citizen I feel very much innocent until proven guilty, and [USADA is] very much a guilty until proven innocent approach,” Mir said. “Which again, I understand. I’m not happy being on that side of it. Their only function in the world is drug testing and that’s why they have very much all the power on their side with none on the side of the athlete.

“They found a metabolite in my system,” he continued. “Their test showing that metabolite doesn’t necessarily mean it came from a steroid. It’s a relatively new test, it could have came from other areas. The fact that I didn’t have this steroid in my body with their own testing procedures six weeks before the fight casts a lot of doubt.”

Mir confirmed he’s not ready for his MMA career to end saying:

“Yeah I’m interested [in fighting in other places],” he said. “Bellator and World Series of Fighting. Bellator especially, the fact that they have those open contracts where they allow their guys to fight so long as they’re not a champ and compete in other areas, that’s a great thing. The UFC really wants to lock people down and not let you fight which is … if you need to make a name for yourself and you want to be out there, I guess that’s a sacrifice you have to make. But it hurts you as a martial artist and that’s what I want to do is be a good martial artist and compete in other things.

“I have a very strong interest in doing kickboxing matches because I want to test stand up just in the stand up realm,” he continued. “I have asked [about this] … I haven’t had a reply back. Business as usual. So when I get done with the suspension I’ll fight out my contract and move onto other places afterward.”

And while Mir may have said a controversial thing or two USADA has been going supereasy on Cris Cyborg lately, no doubt influenced by the UFC that just created a fresh new division more or less tailor made for her.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has been flagged by USADA back in April of 2016, the UFC’s independent drug testing service, for a potential anti-doping violation.

Mir has been fighting in the UFC since 2001. At his last fight, UFC Fight Night 85 on March 20, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia, Mir lost by a brutal KO to Mark Hunt in Round 1.

 Mir has declared his innocence on the Phone Booth Fighting podcast .

Mir talked about potential reasons for the failed drug test, and also blames kangaroo meat that he ate in Australia (Transcript Bloody Elbow):

“I couldn’t tell you a single restaurant I remember eating at. 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 abudnant – 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.”