It was announced by the UFC earlier today that UFC heavyweight and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar had been flagged for a potential USADA violation.
The statement announced that the flagged test was taken on June 28, a week before Lesnar’s 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.
Additional information will be provided in due course, with no announcement made on what Lesnar tested positive for.
It’s the third time an opponent of Hunt’s has been flagged for a doping violation after Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone back in December 2013 and just earlier this year Frank Mir was flagged after being knocked out in the first round.
After staying fairly quiet the first two times, Hunt has voiced his displeasure and wants to be compensated accordingly this time around.
“This is the third time I’ve had to fight a cheater in my career. The other two times I didn’t ask for compensation, but this is the third time and I’m sick of them getting away with cheating,” Hunt said on his official website MarkHunt.tv
“I saw Brock made millions for this fight, more than anyone ever.” he said. “I wanna know what they are gonna do to Brock now. When you don’t make weight they give twenty percent of your purse to the other fighter. If you get caught cheating you should lose all of it.
“I’ve told Dana I want half of Brock’s purse.”
Should the issue not be fixed, Hunt has made it clear that he will ask for a release.
“I’ve told Dana that I want a release from the UFC if they don’t sort this out.” he finished.
As is the case with all doping violations, a full and fair review process will be undertaken to allow Brock Lesnar to respond before any sanctions are imposed.
Brock Lesnar has yet to make an official statement.