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Brock Lesnar Receives Temporary Suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission in Wake of UFC 200 Drug Test Failures

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 30: Brock Lesnar announces his retirement in the Octagon after losing to Alistair Overeem during the UFC 141 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on Tuesday issued a temporary suspension for former UFC and WWE Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.  This is in the wake of two reported positive anti-doping test results in association with his bout at UFC 200.  This is considered the first step in the process for those USADA test failures.

In a report on, Lesnar (6-3 MMA) tested positive for the banned substance hydroxy-clomiphene, which is considered an anti-estrogen agent.  Lesnar failed an out-of-competition test by USADA on June 28, and a second in-competition test on July 9 at the UFC 200 event.  In a move that caused his opponent Mark Hunt to voice outrage at UFC, the four-month test window required of returning athletes by USADA was waived by UFC.   Lesnar however was tested a total of eight times by USADA in advance of the July 9 bout.

Lesnar is expected to get a formal hearing with the NSAC at a later date to be set.  He may be facing a potential two year suspension and fines, which effectively could end his career in MMA.  Lesnar did give a quote to TMZ Sports at a recent media event where he admitted that it has been a bumpy road and perhaps someday in the future he would be seen in the octagon again.

Bill Says:  This likely won’t affect Lesnar’s status in WWE, unless they choose to do something about it but cover it up in terms of storyline given how the SummerSlam main event ended.  I mean, Steph did promise repercussions.  WWE has, though, recently said they do not test part time performers and do not plan to suspend him despite these results.

About Bill Wentz (1557 Articles)'s Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at

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