Coker Addresses Cro Cop USADA Supsension
Following the announcement that Mirko Cro Cop would be making his debut at Bellator 200 against former opponent Roy Nelson, there were issues surrounding him being eligible to fight at the event in May. In Cro Cop’s last fight for the UFC, Cro Cop was found to be taking HGH, and would be handed a two year suspension from USADA.
Instead of taking the suspension, Cro Cop would decide to retire, but the retirement was brief as he would begin fighting for Rizin FF. Cro Cop would fight five times following the suspension/retirement, which is why Scott Coker is confused why people take issue with Bellator booking him for a fight.
“Here’s the thing,” Coker told Jim Edwards of MMANYtt. “Mirko fights in Rizin, in Japan, and USADA has relationship with the UFC and they’re in Japan all the time. Why didn’t they go after him two years ago when he started fighting in Rizin? This is a question just because he’s fighting for Bellator at our 200th event?
“To me it’s like, if you wanted to take action, you should’ve took action a long time ago, because to me, honestly, when we booked it, we didn’t even know there were issues. He’s already fighting so we thought he was able to fight.”
Per MMA Fighting, Cro Cop’s ban is not binding, due to USADA not being a commission, and commission’s are not required to honor USADA suspensions. Coker also told Edwards that due to Bellator not having a connection to USADA, they have no reason to adhere to the suspension from over two years ago.
“Listen, USADA works with the UFC,” said Coker. “They’re doing their own thing, so go do it. I just feel like the timing of it is a little bit questionable because at the end of the day, if you really wanted to enforce it, you should’ve enforced it two years ago when Mirko fought in Japan.”
Bellator will have Mike Mazzulli, who heads the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC), regulate Bellator 200, due to their being no commission in London for such an event. As of this posting, Mazzulli has had no comment on Cro Cop’s eligibility.
Original Story: MMA Fighting