We’ve heard from UFC and WWE, and now Brock Lesnar has spoken on the report which hit late yesterday that a sample collected by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) prior to his fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 possibly violated the mixed martial arts promotion’s anti-doping policy.
In a statement issued exclusively to the Associated Press, Lesnar simply said:
We will get to the bottom of this.
Brock, along with both UFC and WWE, have declined to shed any light on what substance or substances triggered the potential violation in the sample obtained on June 28. He did provide the AP with letters from USADA indicating three samples he provided over a nine day period in mid-June were clean.
A follow-up statement from USADA’s Ryan Madden to our sister site MMA Fighting confirms the other samples from Lesnar tested by the agency did not find any potential violations:
I can also confirm that the results from his previous samples collected by USADA were all reported as negative.
The statement from UFC indicated a legal review process will be undertaken before they or the Nevada Athletic Commission will determine any suspensions or other actions. WWE’s brief comments indicate they’ll allow that process to play out as well.
Lesnar is poised to dispute the test, although his few words don’t give much indication as to what his defense will be - and may mean he was caught off guard and is truly attempting to determine what happened. The release of the negative results from prior tests either indicate that, or can be spun that way to help win the public opinion battle. And that’s important to Brock, as he’s still an entertainer in the business of selling himself.
Stay tuned. This one is far from over.