Famed UFC fighter Brock Lesnar has made a solemn vow that he’ll “get to the bottom” of why he recently tested positive for doping. The fighter tested positive just days before his fight in UFC 200 with Mark Hunt. He won that fight, and Hunt is now wanting to get some or all of the purse as compensation for losing what is now looking like an unfair fight.
For his part, Brock Lesnar is claiming he did not and would not knowing take performance enhancing drugs. The athlete talked to the Associated Press (AP) and said he’s going to be investigating the situation. “We will get to the bottom of this,” Lesnar said in a statement that was provided exclusively to the AP.
Along with the statement, the news agency was provided with copies of letters from the UFC, which showed Brock Lesnar had tested free and clear of any drugs three separate times in June. The last time he tested negative was just a few days before he tested positive. These letters and test results do seem to have a definite contradiction. It’s possible this is more than someone who was caught doing drugs, feigning innocence.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was rigorously testing Lesnar since he announced he wanted to return to the UFC at age 39. Normally, the agency requires a fighter to be tested for four solid months before they can compete in a match. Brock Lesnar was granted special dispensation because of the gravity of the fight he wanted to compete in and the closeness of his “unretiring” from the UFC from that match.
USADA outsourced the testing of the 39-year-old fighter to a WADA accredited lab at UCLA. The positive test results were not returned to USADA before Lesnar was able to fight in UFC 200. Interim heavyweight champ Jon Jones also tested positive for some performance enhancer just three days before his bout. He was pulled from the event and is also claiming there’s no chance he knowingly doped.
Jones’ claim there might have been tainted nutritional supplements in play could also come to the aid of Lesnar. The bad news for Brock and his team is the positive test could have an adverse effect on his WWE career. If the professional wrestling organization decides to go ahead and “pop” him for a drug violation, Lesnar could be suspended for up to 30 days. It’s no wonder the fighter wants to clear his good name.
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Commentary by Oliver VanDervoort