Brock Lesnar has been flagged by USADA for a doping violation related to a sample taken June 28, less than two weeks before the UFC and WWE star defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200.
That promotion lost its main event when Jon Jones was targeted by the anti-doping commission for a suspected positive days before he was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier. UFC waived its usual requirements for four months of testing prior to competition in order to accommodate Lesnar’s sudden return to the octagon; his response to reporters who asked about drugs before his UFC 200 appearance was “I’m a white boy and I’m jacked — deal with it.”
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.”
Lesnar has a right to appeal the positive test; it is unclear if his representation before the panel will be Paul Heyman.