Brock Lesnar Tested Positive For Banned Substance On June 28th
USADA have confirmed that although Brock Lesnar is facing a USADA anti-doping violation after testing positive for a banned substance in a June 28 drug test, Lesnar also came back clean in multiple previous tests,
“We’ll get to the bottom of this,” Lesnar said in a statement to The Associated Press.
Lesnar provided the The Associated Press copies of three letters notifying him that he had passed USADA drug tests prior to UFC 200. Lesnar was tested eight times in the month leading up to his fight with Mark Hunt — five of them in the first two weeks he was under the UFC’s anti-doping policy.
USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden confirmed that Lesnar passed multiple tests before the June 28 sample came back positive for a prohibited agent.
“With Mr. Lesnar having spoken publicly about the issue, I can confirm that he has been notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation, stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 28, 2016,” Madden said in a statement. “I can also confirm that the results from his previous samples collected by USADA were all reported as negative. Although USADA will not be providing any further specifics of the case at this time, I can tell you that Mr. Lesnar, as with every athlete under the UFC anti-doping policy, will be provided full due process under the rules.”
The UFC announced Lesnar’s potential anti-doping violation Friday. USADA got the results back from the lab Thursday night. The results had yet to come back, so Lesnar was allowed to fight Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas.
Lesnar defeated Hunt by unanimous decision. This result could be overturned by the Nevada Athletic Commission, which also retains jurisdiction in this case because of the sample collection’s proximity to the fight.
Lesnar, 39, will get a full adjudication process and chance to clear his name with USADA. He could be facing a two-year suspension from the UFC’s anti-doping partner plus further sanctions from the NAC.
USADA does not release the name of the substance an athlete tests positive for until the completion of the adjudication process or the athlete makes it public first.
Lesnar was making his return to the UFC after nearly five years at UFC 200. His return drew controversy when the UFC waived its rule that states retired fighters must inform USADA four months before their return fight so they can be placed into the drug-testing pool.
It will be interesting to see if the outcome of this makes a difference for him in WWE. If it gets revealed that he did take a banned substance and the UFC test was able to highlight it while the WWE didn’t it may make people start doubting the validity of WWE’s Wellness Testing.
It also makes a big difference what it was that he actually took – if it was a blatant performance enhancing drug or if it was just something in a workout drink that he took accidentally.
After hearing the news that Brock Lesnar had been notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping violation, stemming from a failure of an out-of-competition drug test on June 28, Mark Hunt asked UFC officials for half of Lesnar’s purse or else he would like to be released from his contract effective immediately. Hunt said the UFC has not yet responded to his request.
“The cheaters get a slap on the wrist and walk off,” Hunt told MMA Fighting. “What penalty or deterrent is there to make them think twice? Nothing. And the [Nevada Athletic Commission], why should these [expletive] get anything? They are not the ones who had to fight with Lesnar or lose [to him]. I lost.”
Hunt also told MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi that he was “not surprised” that Lesnar tested positive. He told Fox Sports Australia weeks before the fight even happened that he believed Lesnar was “juiced to the gills.”
The UFC released the following statement:
“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.”