After the excitement began to simmer following the announcement of Brock Lesnar’s return to MMA for UFC 200, a few eyebrows started to be raised.
The USADA and UFC have a rule in place that states a fighter returning from retirement must subscribe to four months of random drug testing, but Lesnar was given an exemption to this.
The rule reads:
5.7 An Athlete who gives notice of retirement to UFC, or has otherwise ceased to have a contractual relationship with UFC, may not resume competing in UFC Bouts until he/she has given UFC written notice of his/her intent to resume competing and has made him/herself available for Testing for a period of four months before returning to competition. UFC may grant an exemption to the four-month written notice rule in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an Athlete.
But that certainly doesn’t mean the anti-doping agency isn’t monitoring the WWE contracted star.
As reported by MMA Fighting, the USADA website reports Lesnar has been tested five times in two weeks.
UFC vice president of health and performance Jeff Novitzky confirmed Lesnar had undergone at least three tests, and expects more to follow in the build up to July 9’s bicentennial show.
I’d expect there are even more to come as well before UFC 200.
Lesnar, who is also drug tested throughout the year by the WWE, will co-headline the event at the T-Mobile Arena when he faces Mark Hunt – and it appears the USADA are doing their utmost to ensure the fight is PED free.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.