Brock Lesnar rocked again as USADA drops the hammer

Brock Lesnar rocked again as USADA drops the hammer

Former UFC and WWE heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar took another hit today in relation to his failed drug tests before and after UFC 200. Having already been suspended for a year and fined $250,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) handed Lesnar a one-year suspension of its own today.

Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene, in an out of competition drug test on June 28th and in-competition test on fight July 9th, the night of the fight.

The category that the drugs fall under carry with it a maximum suspension of 1-year and both USADA and NSAC went for the maximum penalty. It should be noted, however, that the suspension is retroactive to July 15th when he was handed a provisional suspension by USADA pending an investigation.

In an interesting thing to note form today’s press release is that any athlete serving a suspension must remain in the USADA drug testing pool until the suspension is over. If a suspended athlete officially retires during the suspension, the ban will be frozen until the fighter comes out of retirement and re-enters into the drug testing pool.

There’s no word if Lasnar, 39, has any intent to return to the octagon once again. While a title run for someone like Brock wouldn’t entirely be out of the question, it might be a hard buy for fans after having to serve a suspension.

 

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the national anti-doping organization (NADO) in the United States for Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and Parapan American sport. The organization is charged with managing the anti-doping program, including in-competition and out-of competition testing, results management processes, drug reference resources, and athlete education for all United States Olympic Committee (USOC) recognized sport national governing bodies, their athletes, and events. Additionally, USADA contributes to the advancement of clean sport through scientific research and education & outreach initiatives focused on awareness and prevention.