Brock Lesnar flagged for USADA violation
Published on Friday, 7/15/16, at 7:51 p.m. Eastern.
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
The return of Brock Lesnar into UFC heavyweight contention appears to be over after the promotion released a statement Friday evening that it and Lesnar had been notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping violation.
Lesnar failed an out-of-competition test on June 28. He was tested six times by USADA in the four weeks prior to his UFC 200 win over Mark Hunt as a +135 underdog.
When asked about allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs on a media conference call before fighting Hunt, Lesnar said, “I’m a white boy and I’m jacked — deal with it.”
As is its policy, USADA did not release the substance Lesnar tested positive for.
When reached Friday night by the Associated Press, Lesnar said, “We’ll get to the bottom of this.”
Barring a successful appeal, Lesnar is most likely facing a two-year suspension. The former heavyweight champion is 39.
Here is the UFC’s complete statement below:
“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.”