Frank Mir’s UFC career may have finally reached its end Friday. The former UFC heavyweight champion was issued a two-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for dehydrochloromethyltestosterone during an out-of-competition drug screening administered on March 20, 2016.
The suspension is retroactive to the date of the provisional suspension in April 2016, meaning Mir has less than 12 months left on his two-year suspension.
Mir, who will be 38 years old next month, stated last April that he planned on retiring from the sport if he received the two-year ban. He has since asked the UFC to release him from his contract, a move that would allow him to continue his fighting career overseas. The UFC has yet to comment on whether it plans to cut ties with Mir.
The Las Vegas native is a former UFC heavyweight champion, as well as a former UFC interim heavyweight champion. He first won the undisputed title in 2004 after defeating Tim Sylvia, but was eventually stripped of the crown after he suffered multiple injuries in a motorcycle accident. Mir returned nearly two years later, eventually going on to win the interim title against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in 2008.
Mir fought for the undisputed UFC championship twice more following his interim title win, dropping a pair of second-round TKOs to Brock Lesnar at UFC 100 in 2009 and Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 in 2012.
If this is indeed the end of his fighting career, Mir ends his time in the cage with a 2-6 record in his last eight, and a 18-11 record overall. He holds the record for the most wins in the UFC’s heavyweight division at 16.