The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has been flagged by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a possible doping violation.
In a statement, the UFC remarked it was notified of a potential violation that stemmed from an out-of-competition test on June 28 that was just days before the former UFC heavyweight champion had his first UFC fight in more than four years. The statement further reads that USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case and it was also added that 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.
The 39-year-old Lesnar competed in UFC 200 on July 9, beating Mark Hunt by unanimous decision in his first appearance in the octagon since December 2011. Lesnar was scheduled to return to the WWE in a headlining role at SummerSlam in August at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and was positioned in the co-main event of UFC 200. Lesnar was subjected to random, in- and out-of-competition drug testing once he returned to the UFC. The United States Anti-Doping Agency tested him at least five times over a two-week period once he became eligible for the program.
Hearing of Lesnar's positive test, Hunt said Lesnar should pay back his purse. Hunt, the New Zealand-Australian mixed martial artist and former kickboxer of Samoan descent, said half of his purse should come to me - maybe all of it and said Lesnar should not get a cent or everyone who paid to watch should get a refund as they got a cheater against a guy not cheating.
Lesnar may face a ban of up to two years if his ‘B’ sample comes back positive. The WWE superstar, shattered Conor McGregor’s $1 million record for the UFC’s highest guaranteed purse when he scored $2.5 million to face Hunt. Lesnar's win will likely become a no contest and the UFC has the power to strip his purse under its anti-doping policy with USADA.
The fight of Lesnar was placed as the main event after former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance and was pulled from his main-event rematch with champion Daniel Cormier three days before UFC 200. Lesnar termed the positive test result of Jones as "unprofessional". The main event (Lesnar-Hunt bout) was later given to the women's bantamweight championship fight between new champion Amanda Nunes and Miesha Tate.
In a statement, WWE officials said Brock Lesnar has not performed for WWE since WrestleMania, which was held in April and is not scheduled to return until Sunday, August 21. WWE tests athletes as part of its own wellness program but it not clear if the positive drug test of Lesnar from USADA would have any bearing on his professional wrestling career. An athlete testing positive for the first time could receive a 30-day suspension from the company under the WWE’s wellness program but he still would be eligible to return by Aug. 21 even if WWE decides to punish Lesnar for the infraction based on the drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency when he is scheduled to face Randy Orton at SummerSlam in Brooklyn, New York.