Six days after he defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 and earned a reported $2.5 million dollar payday, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a potential violation. The violation is stemming from an out of competition test that was administered on June 28th.
Shortly after initial reports surfaced about Lesnar’s violation the UFC issued a statement on the matter:
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Brock Lesnar of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 28, 2016. USADA received the testing results from the June 28, 2016 sample collection from the WADA-accredited UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory on the evening of July 14, 2016.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed in close proximity to Lesnar’s bout at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.
“Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Lesnar had been out of action since 2011 when he decided to return to professional wrestling. During his brief run with the UFC he had never tested for any banned substances and he also never violated any drug policies while working for the WWE.
The UFC incorporated the new anti-doping policy administered by the USADA in July of 2015. When it was announced that Lesnar would return to the UFC on short notice many had wondered how he would go about being tested as all current UFC fighters are subject to random drug testing year round.
Under the new policy any retired UFC fighter who desires to re-enter active competition must be subject to four months of testing before fighting. The UFC announced Lesnar’s return a mere four weeks before UFC 200 which took place on July 9th. Lesnar was able to receive a waiver from the USADA which allowed him to fight. Many had questioned the decision to waive the four months of testing but according to the USADA’s website Lesnar had been tested on eight separate occasions leading up the UFC 200.
Per standard USADA policy the substance/s that triggered the violation was not disclosed and only the fighter and his management can disclose that information, if they so choose.
This violation is hot on the heels of the Jon Jones’ test results that forced him off the UFC 200 card a mere three days before the event.