The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has suspended UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar for a period of one year because of multiple failed drug tests around UFC 200 on July 9.
The USADA suspension is in line with the sanctions already imposed on the WWE superstar by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. NSAC also suspended Lesnar last month for one year and fined him $250,000. The case of Lesnar fell under the jurisdiction of both the NSAC and USADA because the event took place in Nevada.
Lesnar came out of retirement to fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in Las Vegas. He won the fight via unanimous decision but it was later changed to a no contest. However, it was later disclosed that Brock Lesnar tested positive for two banned substances (Clomiphene and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene) during an out-of-competition test taken on June 28.
Clomiphene, popularly known as Clomid, is used as a fertility drug for women who have challenges with proper ovulation and is also listed as a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency due to its performance enhancing benefits for male athletes. Clomiphene is a prohibited substance in the category of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List. The anti-estrogen agent has the ability to indirectly raise natural testosterone levels in the body. It is also used by athletes and bodybuilders to counter the side-effects of anabolic steroid use.
Lesnar failed a second drug test on the night of the fight but managed to compete despite the failed tests, as the results were not available to the UFC or NSAC before the fight.
The suspension of Lesnar has been backdated to July 15, six days after his win over Hunt, meaning if he chooses to return to the sport he will be able to from July 15, 2017. The 39-year-old will now be eligible to return to active mixed martial arts competition on July 15. However, the suspension will not affect his professional wrestling career with WWE. The suspension did not affect his WWE status as Lesnar is considered a part-time performer by the company.
The four-time WWE Champion, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and a NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion signed with WWE in 2000 and went on to win the WWE Championship on three separate occasions with victories over The Rock once and Kurt Angle on two occasions. Lesnar became the youngest King of the Ring and Royal Rumble winner and defeated Randy Couture to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion in November 2008. Lesnar five years ago announced his retirement from MMA just a day after his loss to Alistar Overeem via TKO at UFC 141. Lesnar is WWE's second highest-paid wrestler after John Cena as of 2016.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are both being advertised and expected to make an appearance at the January 16th edition of WWE RAW. Golberg is presently being advertised for year's first RAW and again on January 23rd.
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