The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar for a year for failing two anti-doping tests.
The 39-year-old was expected to make a return to UFC 200 but he would have to wait until next July, when he will turn 40.
On Thursday, the NSAC voted unanimously to accept a settlement signed earlier by Lesnar and the commission that generally doles out bans of two years for drug test failures. Lesnar, as part of the settlement, will accept a settlement signed earlier by Lesnar and the commission, which usually doles out two-year bans for drug test failures. The fight will now be recorded as a no contest in the records of NSAC.
The drug test failures of Lesnar came to light less than a week after UFC 200 in which the 39-year-old fought for the first time since December 2011. He failed an out-of-competition test on June 28, as well as an in-competition test on July 9, the day of the event. Both tests showed positive results for the banned substance Clomiphene (also known as Clomid), a well-known estrogen-blocker.
Lesnar has not admitted to knowingly taking the banned substance. The settlement agreement has not admitted to knowingly taking the banned substance.
Brock Lesnar has made a return to WWE after the suspension and continues to make occasional appearances. He is unlikely to make a return to the UFC because of his growing age. Lesnar will be eligible to reapply for MMA licensure in July 2017. He recently lost the November’s Survivor Series event against Goldberg in less than 90 seconds.
In another development, Jon Jones will serve a one-year suspension for failing anti-doping tests prior to UFC 200 that was held in July. The American mixed martial artist and a two-time former Light Heavyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship tested positive for anti-estrogen agents Hydroxy-Clomiphene and Letrozole. He was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, but was pulled from the card just days before the event. Jones was not fined by the commission as he did not receive any fight pay.
American professional mixed martial artist Nick Diaz was also fined $50,000, the equivalent of 2.5 percent of his $2 million purse, and has been asked to perform 50 hours of community service following his role in a drink-throwing incident at a pre-fight press conference for UFC 202 on August 17. Diaz can fight at any time but the former TUF winner has made it clear that he is happy to sit out until a trilogy bout with Conor McGregor, who is out until at least September. Diaz was suspended for 18 months and fined $100,000 after he tested positive for marijuana following his 2015 bout against Anderson Silva. The suspension's timeline ended during the summer of 2016, but he still had not paid his fine with $75,000 still outstanding that was owed to the state of Nevada. Nick Diaz has now cleared the air with the commission and reached an agreement to pay the remainder of his fine.
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