Brock Lesnar flagged for potential anti-doping violation

Following the biggest event in UFC 200, one of the top stars on the card has a situation on his hands. On Friday, reports surfaced that co-main event participant Brock Lesnar has been flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation.

USADA announced the potential violation comes from the failure of an out-of-competition drug test June 28.

Brock Lesnar was tested a total of six times by USADA in the four weeks leading up to UFC 200, which took place Saturday, July 9 at T-Mobile Arena.

At the event, Lesnar scored an impressive decision victory over Mark Hunt.

With news of Lesnar’s potential violation, the UFC has released a statement.

“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,” the statement read.

“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 his “B” sample tested before determining his next course of action. If the “B” sample also comes back positive, he will be facing a two-year suspension from USADA.

Unfortunately for the UFC, this isn’t the first USADA violation to come from a star on the card. Jon Jones, who was originally scheduled to headline UFC 200 in a title unification bout with Daniel Cormier, was pulled from the event days prior after failing an out-of-competition test of his own.

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