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UFC and WWE star Brock Lesnar flagged by USADA for potential doping violation

The 39-year-old is currently under contract with the wrestling organisation.

Brock Lesnar is currently under contract with WWE.
Brock Lesnar is currently under contract with WWE.

JUST SIX DAYS after winning a bout at UFC 200, Brock Lesnar has been informed of a possible anti-doping policy violation.

According to the UFC, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Lesnar on Friday that he had committed a possible anti-doping policy violation, stemming from a test sample he submitted on 28 June.

The UFC issued a statement on Friday confirming that Lesnar had been notified of the potential violation.

“The UFC organization was notified today that the US 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.”

The 39-year-old Lesnar, who rose to fame as an MMA fighter and pro wrestler, is under contract with WWE, but the organisation granted him an exemption for a “one-off” MMA fight at UFC 200 on 9 July.

Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt and won a UFC-record $2.5 million purse.

In reaction to the news, Hunt has asked for half of the fight’s purse or to be released from his contract effective immediately. It’s understood that the UFC have yet to respond to his request.

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