USADA “Glitch” Caused Missing Lesnar Drug Test
WWE Universal Champion is still sitting out a suspension stemming from his failed UFC 200 drug test, that was paused due to a retirement in 2016.
Lesnar re-entered the USADA pool just prior to UFC 226 in July, with plans to return to the Octagon to face whoever walked out of that event as UFC heavyweight champion.
Last week it was reported that Lesnar had submitted six tests in 2018, but the number would be changed to five within its Athlete Test History database.
According to USADA, the original update was flawed due to a “technical glitch” and was revised with the accurate number.
“USADA updates the Athlete Test History page of the UFC/USADA website on a weekly basis,” stated USADA spokesperson Adam Woullard. “During an update on the week of October 15th, we experienced a technical issue that resulted in the information on the page being displayed incorrectly.
“The correct test history for the athlete is one test [that week], not two. The issue has been fixed and the testing numbers on the website are all accurate. We are still investigating the specific technical issue that led to the error.”
Speaking to ESPN, UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, Jeff Novitzky claimed the UFC has no concerns regarding the glitch.
“I have access to a more specific database than the public, which displays the date a sample is collected, what type of sample it is and what the results are as soon as they are available,” Novitzky said. “The public website, as I understand it, indicated there had been two tests during this last quarter, and it recently dropped to one. I have always seen one test in this quarter for Lesnar. It was a urine test and it came back negative.”
“This program has a limited amount of resources and funding… It would be great to test everybody every week, but that would cost millions and millions of dollars. To put it in a nutshell, I have all the confidence in the world USADA is allocating these testing resources appropriately.”
Initial Report: ESPN