Brock Lesnar has been notified of a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy following his unanimous decision victory over Mark Hunt following a five-year absence from the sport.
The out-of-competition drug test – which was administered on June 28 – was one of the many tests Lesnar had to go through since announcing his return to the UFC last month.
USADA usually requires any athlete to submit testing around four months before the bout takes place. However, Lesnar was given an exception and was allowed to be tested in a much shorter window, as his comeback announcement came in June, while the contest took place in July.
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This is the latest event marring the UFC 200 card. First, the Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz main event had to be called off, while Jon Jones was pulled from the event when he too received notice of a potential anti-doping violation.
The difference is that Lesnar’s test wasn’t processed in time to endanger his participation in the historic event.
Lesnar has commented on the situation, telling The Associated Press: “We will get to the bottom of this.”
The Associated Press also managed to obtain copies of three letters from USADA to Lesnar, informing the former Heavyweight Champion that he had passed tests on three samples which he had submitted over a nine-day period in June, just days before the flagged sample was collected.
Both the UFC and Lesnar have declined to specify the substance which has raised concerns.
While Lesnar told his critics in the build-up to the fight, “I’m a white boy, and I’m jacked, deal with it,” this situation is bound to draw even more media attention in the coming weeks.
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