Brock Lesnar has been nabbed by an out of competition drug test by USADA, with a potential violation from a June 28 test announced on Friday.
Here’s the UFC’s statement on the adverse finding:
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Brock Lesnar of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 28, 2016. USADA received the testing results from the June 28, 2016 sample collection from the WADA-accredited UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory on the evening of July 14, 2016.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. 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.
“Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Lesnar will have the right to an appeal, and it’s not clear based on these preliminary reports what exactly Lesnar has tested positive for.
Penick’s Analysis: This might effectively end his UFC run before it starts. He may also wind up getting suspended by the WWE for a wellness policy violation with this. From a major high point in a UFC 200 win to the low of a drug test failure after shrugging off other concerns. Well, I suppose depending on the substance here Mark Hunt will have vindication on his pre-fight concerns.
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