Brock Lesnar has been suspended for one year and fined $250,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his two positive tests for hydroxy-clomiphene leading up to his UFC 200 fight this past July. Lesnar went on to win the fight, but news of the two failed drug tests came out after the fight and it has tarnished his reputation since he had never failed a drug test before.
The suspension will go back to July 9, which was when the second positive test happened and also the date of his UFC 200 victory over Mark Hunt. Even though Lesnar won the fight via decision, the result has been overturned and it’s now officially a no contest. Lesnar’s positive tests took place on June 28 and July 9, but the results of the tests didn’t come out until after the fight.
According to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, the $250,000 fine for Lesnar is just 10% of Lesnar’s reported $2.5 million payout he received from UFC. Meltzer notes that it’s actually a low amount given the guidelines for much higher fines of fighters failing drug tests in the past.
How does this affect his career in WWE? Not at all. Meltzer explained it this way: “His deal as a part-timer with WWE is such that he’s not part of the company’s drug testing program that almost every other wrestler is, so he can’t be suspended or punished for the test failure by the organization.”
It’s not known if Lesnar will ever return to UFC. He’ll turn 40 years old next year and after a failed drug test he may not want to give it another try. Then again, if UFC is willing to pay him $2.5 million or more for another fight then perhaps we’ll see him in the octagon again.
Lesnar’s deal with WWE is set to expire around WrestleMania in April 2018, so he has over a year left on his WWE deal.
TJR Thoughts: The fine and suspension seems light to me. Perhaps it was because it was his first offense, but I think when you fail twice it should be a more significant punishment than what was given. I’m only a casual UFC fan, though, so I’m not sure what the standard figures are in a case like this.
I don’t expect WWE to comment on this, nor should Lesnar. They have no reason to comment on it. Lesnar can enjoy the money he made from the fight and concentrate on the Royal Rumble in January.
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