UFC has countered claims by Mirko Cro Cop that he withdrew from his scheduled bout with Anthony Hamilton in Seoul due to injury.
The promotion today revealed that the bout has been cancelled and Cro Cop provisionally suspended due to a potential anti-doping policy violation.
“The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has notified both Mirko Cro Cop and UFC that he has been provisionally suspended at this time due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation,” the statement said.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Cro Cop.”
Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time in the process.
The statement added that Hamilton will be booked for a new bout on a card in the near future.
The Croatian fighter was scheduled to meet Hamilton in the co-main event of the UFC’s first foray to Korea, but said recurring shoulder injury had forced him out of the card.
The former Pride champion admitted he was on a daily therapy of blood plasma and a “cocktail of drugs” to heal in time for the 26 November bout.