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Brock Lesnar receives temporary suspension from Nevada Athletic Commission for failed UFC 200 drug tests

UFC 200: Tate v Nunes Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

In the first step in the adjudication process following Brock Lesnar's multiple failed drug tests during his brief return to UFC, the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) issued a temporary suspension for the heavyweight fighter and WWE performer. This will only apply to activities sanctioned by NAC.

The Commission will announce a formal hearing for some time in near-future. Lesnar faces the possibility of up to a two-year suspension from both the NAC and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the organization which administered his eight pre-fight tests heading into UFC 200. Brock tested positive for the anti-estrogen agent hydroxy-clomiphene on June 28 and on the day of his decision victory over Mark Hunt, July 9.

While such a suspension from the mixed martial arts world would likely end his shoot fighting career, WWE did not punish him, claiming their Wellness Policy doesn’t apply to part-time wrestlers. Heading into his latest pro wrestling appearance, this past Sunday (Aug. 21) at SummerSlam, Lesnar told TMZ Sports he was focused on his WWE career, but not ruling out a possible return to MMA:

To my fans that watch me in the octagon, I thank them for their support. This has been a bumpy road. I'm gonna get through this alright. And there will be a day, maybe, that they'll see me back in the octagon

I've got a few challenges to overcome before I can get there. I don't know. For right now, I'm gonna focus on my WWE career. I wanted to step back into the octagon and avenge my loss against diverticulitis. Sunday I'm facing Randy Orton at Summerslam and that's really all that's on my mind.

Lesnar is currently involved in a storyline where he faces kayfabe punishment from WWE’s Raw brand for his attack on Shane McMahon at SummerSlam.

We’ll keep you posted on all his real-world and scripted suspension drama.