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United States Anti-Doping Agency Suspends Brock Lesnar from UFC for One Year


Today, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) moved to close the anti-doping case with UFC heavyweight and WWE star Brock Lesnar.  The agency has suspended Lesnar for a period of one year as the result of failed drug tests following the UFC 200 event on July 9, 2016.  Since the event took place in Las Vegas, NV, the case fell under jurisdiction of both USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

The suspension is in line with previous sanctions handed down by the NSAC.  In December, the commission moved to suspend Lesnar for one year and fine him $250,000.  The result of the UFC 200 bout with Mark Hunt was also overturned.  Lesnar originally won the bout by unanimous decision, but the result was rendered a no-contest instead.  If he chooses, Lesnar will be eligible to return to UFC competition on July 15.  Neither suspension will have an effect on Lesnar’s career with WWE.

Lesnar tested positive for two banned substances during an out of competition test taken June 28, then failed a second test on fight night.  Because the results of the tests were not available prior to the fight, Lesnar was still able to compete at UFC 200.

About Bill Wentz (1540 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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