UFC 200 received another black eye on Friday night when the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) revealed that Brock Lesnar had been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation related to a June 28 out-of-competition drug test.
Lesnar’s potential violation is the second associated with the event. Jon Jones, who was originally scheduled to face UFC light heavyweight champion in the main event of the July 9 card, was pulled from the fight on July 6 after he was flagged during an out-of-competition test.
Lesnar, who defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200, saw his fight elevated to main event status after Jones was removed. Cormier faced last-minute replacement Anderson Silva in a non-title fight. Cormier won that fight by decision.
The UFC released a statement regarding Lesnar on Friday:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Brock Lesnar of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 28, 2016. USADA received the testing results from the June 28, 2016 sample collection from the WADA-accredited UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory on the evening of July 14, 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 in close proximity to Lesnar’s bout at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.
During a media call for the event, Lesnar was asked about allegations that he had been using performance-enhancing drugs. Lesnar’s response at the time was, "I'm a white boy and I'm jacked—deal with it."
Lesnar, a WWE superstar, was believed to be involved with UFC 200 on a one-off basis, but after his win he seemed to leave the door open for a future return to the octagon. This potential doping violation could change those plans.