Brock Lesnar could receive a shorter UFC suspension from USADA

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Brock Lesnar made a triumphant return to mixed martial arts last month when he defeated Mark Hunt at the UFC 200 super-show.

Then everyone found out that Lesnar had actually failed two tests in the run up to his fight against the New Zealander - which he won via unanimous decision after three rounds of action.

Lesnar tested positive for an estrogen blocker and was looking at a two-year ban from the sport. However, it seems that the former heavyweight champion could be set to receive a huge break from the USADA.


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According to a report from Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, both Lesnar and Jon Jones may be getting away with a one-year suspension rather than the two-year ban that everyone thought they would be getting.

The reason for the reduced suspension? The USADA - United States Ant-Doping Agency - have revealed that the substances they took carry a lesser ban than others.

"The reason for the shorter suspension is because the banned substances the pair tested positive for -- Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, as well the Letrozole metabolite, an aromatase inhibitor, which was only found in Jones' system -- are considered "specified substances" under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code," Helwani wrote.

According to WADA code, the substances that Lesnar and Jones took are also found in non-PED substances and can be ingested without knowledge of taking some against the rules.

"There is a greater likelihood that these (specified) substances could be susceptible to a credible non-doping explanation."

So, could we see Brock Lesnar again in the UFC? It is certainly looking more likely now than it did a few days ago.

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