Brock Lesnar flagged for anti-doping violation in test taken before UFC 200
Former UFC and WWE heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was flagged for an anti-doping violation by the USADA for a drug test from June 28
Updated on Friday at 1:30 a.m.: Brock Lesnar has responded in the wake of the potential anti-doping violation news being released. "We will get to the bottom of this," he told the Associated Press.
WWE, which is set to feature Lesnar against Randy Orton in one of its main events for SummerSlam, appeared to indicate that the outcome of the violation investigation would not have an impact on his status. "Brock Lesnar has not performed for WWE since WrestleMania and is not scheduled to return until Sunday, August 21," the company said in a statement.
Mark Hunt, whom Lesnar beat in his UFC 200 fight via unanimous decision, told MMAFighting.com that he has since "asked UFC officials for half of Lesnar's purse," per Ariel Helwani, threatening to demand a release from his contract if he does not get the money. Lesnar's base pay was $2.5 million for UFC 200, but it is believed he received a significant percentage of the gate on top of that figure.
MMAFighting.com further reports that Lesnar underwent eight separate USADA drug tests -- five in the first two weeks after president Dana White announced his fight -- and has multiple copies of negative results from USADA.
Lesnar could receive a two-year ban from UFC if the positive test is confirmed. That would effectively end the 39-year-old's mixed martial arts career, which was recently resumed after a nearly five-year absence.
"The Beast" remains under contract with WWE. He has worked with the company on-and-off since 2012 following a three-year stint from 2002-04.
Brock Lesnar's win at UFC 200 was one of the best highlights of an event that failed to live up to its billing as the biggest event in the sport's history, but his victory may now be tainted as he has been flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a possible drug violation.
The UFC was notified of the potential violation Thursday, five days after the card, for an out-of-competition test taken on June 28.
It released the following statement Thursday evening.
"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 is the second major headliner from the event to be flagged with an anti-doping violation. Jon Jones, arguably the company's biggest star who was set to face Daniel Cormier in the main event, was notified of a failed drug test three days before the fight, which was subsequently cancelled. Cormier went on to fight Anderson Silva in a last-minute bout that failed to provide much entertainment.
Lesnar's win was a huge story on Saturday. After the fight, he said he would consider a full-time return to the Octagon because of his performance, despite the fact that he's under contract with WWE.
Suffice to say, that seems highly unlikely following a this potential failed test.
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