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Brock Lesnar Fails Second USADA Drug Test

The UFC has been notified that Brock Lesnar failed his USADA drug test.  The first failed test was an out-of-competition sample collected on June 28th.  This second test was an in-competition test, which was taken July 9th.

Below is the full UFC press release:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Brock Lesnar that his in-competition sample collection from July 9, 2016, at UFC 200, has tested positive for the same substance as his previously announced out-of-competition collection on June 28, 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 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.

USADA had tested Brock Lesnar eight times leading up to UFC 200 and USADA reports that he had passed the first five tests.  There is an appeal process that will give Lesnar due process.  However, Lesnar could face suspensions from both USADA and the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Brock Lesnar beat Mark Hunt by unanimous decision in the c0-main event at UFC 200.  After Lesnar’s first failed drug test notification Mark Hunt asked to be released from his UFC contract or receive half of Lesnar’s purse.  Brock Lesnar made $2.5 million for fighting at UFC 200.

Ringside Analysis:

The UFC took a risk allowing Lesnar to fight at UFC 200 when they decided to waive the required 4 month notice for USADA testing purposes.  Adding Lesnar as a late addition to the card in order to hopefully boost the revenue of the program fell under what the UFC would call special circumstances.

The decision to let Lesnar fight and not enforce the USADA requirement drew a lot of criticism.  Especially when considering that Brock Lesnar spent the last four years in the WWE, which has a lengthy history of steroid and other PED use.

This is an example of USADA getting it right.  Lesnar passed five tests before he failed so it would be reasonable to believe that even if there was a four month gap between his comeback and fighting at UFC 200 he would have been able to compete.  Test results that are positive for PED use are coming out after the fight because of the lengthy and thorough testing process used by USADA.

USADA testing has caught two top fighters, the first being Jon Jones who was pulled from UFC 200 for a positive test, for PED use leading up to a competition.  When Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White instituted USADA testing to improve fighter safety int the sport Lorenzo said that things were going to get worse before they got better.  If this is the bottom for the UFC it’s not a terrible place to be.

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