Just days ago, the UFC announced that Brock Lesnar had failed an out-of-competition drug test he took on June 28, 2016, just over a week before he fought and defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200. Today, the company announced he also failed an in-competition drug test — this sample was taken on July 9, the same day as the fight — for the same substance as the first failure.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Brock Lesnar that his in-competition sample collection from July 9, 2016, at UFC 200, has tested positive for the same substance as his previously announced out-of-competition collection on June 28, 2016.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.
“Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward."
Our friends at MMA Fighting provide some additional context on what this means:
This positive drug test will likely be lumped into the previous one as a single potential anti-doping violation. According to the UFC's anti-doping policy, two positive tests could be considered aggravating circumstances, which could lead to further sanctioning. In-competition is considered the 12-hour window before and after a fight.
It was just a couple days ago that Brock vowed to “get to the bottom of this” in the only statement he’s released since news broke. It was also revealed he passed multiple USADA tests.
Lesnar is still scheduled to wrestle Randy Orton at SummerSlam. The New York State Athletic Commission already stated the initial failure wouldn’t affect his ability to wrestle, if WWE so chooses.
We’ve reached out to WWE for comment but have yet to hear back.