The UFC announced Friday that Brock Lesnar, who secured a unanimous-decision victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on Saturday, has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for a potential doping violation:
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.
"We will get to the bottom of this," Lesnar said following the announcement, per the Associated Press' Greg Beacham.
"Lesnar, though, also came back clean in multiple previous tests, MMA Fighting confirmed Friday night with USADA," according to MMA Fighting's Marc Raimondi.
According to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, after hearing of the potential violation, Hunt asked the UFC for half of the purse Lesnar received for UFC 200 or a release from his contract. MMA Fighting provided more comments from Hunt:
The cheaters get a slap on the wrist and walk off. What penalty or deterrent is there to make them think twice? Nothing. And the [Nevada Athletic Commission], why should these [expletive] get anything? They are not the ones who had to fight with Lesnar or lose [to him]. I lost.
Bob Bennett, executive officer of the Nevada commission, said the size of Lesnar's purse will be factored into the size of a potential fine, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times: "From my 26 months on the job, not one 'B' sample ever differed from the 'A' sample from the same lab. We can fine and suspend. I'm not saying his whole paycheck will be taken away, but he could be suspended and fined upon his case being heard and all the facts being presented."
Hunt continued to react to the news Saturday on Facebook (Warning: NSFW content):
According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, the proposed fine for a first offense of a performance-enhancing drug is 50 to 75 percent of the purse.
In late June, Hunt told Fox Sports Australia's UFC Fight Week that he believed Lesnar was doping after the UFC granted the WWE Superstar an exemption from the sport's four-month drug-testing requirement, which was overseen by the USADA.
"I don’t think it's a great move," Hunt said of the exemption. "I think he’s juiced to the gills—and I still think I’m going to knock him out. So I don’t think that’s correct. I don’t think he should be allowed to get a four-month exemption; otherwise, everyone else should. Otherwise, I should start juicing."
Lesnar, though, came armed with a response.
"I've been dealing with that my entire life," he said of the allegations, per MMAFighting.com's Marc Raimondi. "I'm a white boy and I'm jacked—deal with it. What do you want me to say? I'm a white boy and I'm jacked. Deal with it."
The news of Lesnar's potential positive test came on the heels of Jon Jones' expulsion from his scheduled fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 after he tested positive for a banned substance.
Lesnar, 39, returned to the Octagon last weekend for the first time since suffering a first-round loss at the hands of Alistair Overeem in 2011.