Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar who defeated Mark Hunt at the UFC 200 fight on Saturday (July 9) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has been notified of a potential doping violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), bleacerreport.com reported.
The UFC organization was notified on July 15 about USADA’s report on Lesnar which comes from an out-of-competition sample collected on June 28, 2016. USADA received the results from the WADA-accredited UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory on July 14, 2016.
USADA is the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and will handle the outcomes emanating from the case. Under the policy, athletes are entitled for a fair legal review process before any sanctions are imposed.
According to MMA reports, Hunt has asked the UFC for half of the UFC 200 money prize of $2.5 million won by Lesnar or a release from his contract. “The cheaters get a slap on the wrist and walk off. What penalty or deterrent is there to make them think twice? Nothing,“ said Hunt.
However, USADA is yet to reveal which substance Lesnar tested positive.
In a statement provided exclusively to The Associate Press, Lesnar said:”We will get to the bottom of this.”
Before the UFC 200 fight Hunt had claimed that Lesnar was ‘juiced to the gills’ (in reference to his use of performance-enhancing drug) and Lesnar had responsed by saying:
“I’ve been dealing with that my entire life. I’m a white boy and I’m jacked—deal with it. What do you want me to say? I’m a white boy and I’m jacked. Deal with it.”
The UFC’s regulations state that any retired athlete that returns to competition must be tested over a four-month period prior to fighting.
For Hunt, Lesnar becomes the third opponent who has been flagged for doping. The other two who were tested positive for performance enhancing drugs were Frank Mir and Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva.
Lesnar, 39, returned to the Octagon last weekend for the first time since suffering a first-round loss to Alistair Overeem in 2011.