Last night it was announced that the United States Anti Doping Agency, who administer the UFC’s anti doping tests, would continue to test Brock Lesnar until he officially retired again. Well today it turns out they may have known they needed to keep testing Lesnar, as the UFC have been notified of a potential anti-doping violation by Lesnar in a sample taken on June 28th, 11 days before his UFC 200 bout against Mark Hunt.
“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.”
While the wording of the statement is very careful to say “Potential” violation and that of course Lesnar has the right to an appeal and it is not clear at this time what Lesnar has tested positive for.
While his future in UFC was unclear before this, his future in WWE now becomes very murky indeed. He had been booked to have a high profile match against Randy Orton at Summerslam, WWE’s second biggest show of the year, at the end of August. However this positive test may now result in a suspension from them for a breach of their Wellness Policy. USADA do not run WWE’s policy, so they may be able to use a technicality to get around a suspension – and given Lesnar’s sporadic appearances a 30 day ban from the WWE will mean very little to him or his storyline involvement – but much of Lesnar’s cache in WWE stems from his reputation as a legitimate combat athlete, a positive test for performance enhancing drugs will sully that reputation some what.