Lesnar Suspended One Year by USADA
Whether or not Brock Lesnar intends to fight again, he now knows how long he’ll have to wait. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has suspended Lesnar one year following his two failed drug tests, matching the suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
MMAFighting reported the news of Lesnar’s suspension.
Lesnar failed two drug tests leading up to his UFC 200 comeback, where he fought and defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision.
The 39-year-old former heavyweight champion tested positive for clomiphene, both in a test conducted on June 28 and one on the night of the fight (July 9).
The results of his drug tests did not come back until after the fight, which is why he was still able to compete despite having banned substances in his system. This fact has been a cause of controversy, particularly because Lesnar was exempt from the standard 4-month testing window that is required before a retired athlete can return to competition.
Hunt was enraged following the news that Lesnar was allowed to compete, and has even threatened the UFC and Lesnar with legal action. He has said that he will not fight again unless a clause is put in his contract that would protect him financially in case of an opponent testing positive for a banned substance. Hunt is scheduled to fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 in March. It is unclear whether the UFC is honoring his request.
The Nevada Athletic Commission also suspended Lesnar one year and fined him $250,000. He remains under contract with the WWE and will be performing at Royal Rumble on Jan. 29.
Lesnar has made no declarative statements concerning his future in MMA. His return to the sport at UFC 200 may have been a one-off given the historical significance of the event, and this suspension increases the likelihood that his time in the cage is over.