While UFC 200 should have been a time of celebration for the company after reaching the huge milestone, the event was overshadowed by the news that Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar had both failed drug tests.
Jones was pulled from his scheduled Light Heavyweight Championship bout with Daniel Cormier and was swiftly replaced by Anderson Silva.
Brock Lesnar, on the other hand, was notified of his violation a few days after his unanimous decision victory over Mark Hunt.
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It didn’t end there for the UFC though, as Chad Mendes was also tested positive. His violation stemmed down to a growth hormone release stimulator and although he’s been suspended from the sport for two years, neither he, Lesnar or Jones will be facing a fine from the UFC.
Lesnar and Jones both tested positive for anti-estrogen agents, usually used to mask the use of testosterone replacement therapy.
While the UFC won’t fine them, they haven’t entirely escaped punishment as the NAC have the power to fine and suspend both men, with Lesnar’s fine being a percentage of the $2.5 million fight purse he received.
WON'T ESCAPE PUNISHMENT
The UFC leave the fines up to the individual state athletic commissions, according to senior vice president of public relations, Dave Scholler.
So if the NAC sanctions Lesnar, the result would be turned into a no contest. Although he remains a contracted WWE superstar, he simply won’t be able to retire from MMA and slot back into the world of professional wrestling and avoid a fine.
If he decides to go back to the WWE and never to fight inside the Octagon again to avoid paying the NAC fine, they would be able to seek legal means against him.
It’s not a good month for the Jones family either. After his doping violation, his brother Arthur Jones, who is a defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts, violated the NFL’s PED policy.
Now we play the waiting game to see how the NAC will punish both Lesnar and Jones in due course.
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