Saturday, 17 December 2016

Brock Lesnar Handed One-Year UFC Ban And Fined $250,000


Brock Lesnar has been banned from UFC for one year and fined $250,000 after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in July.

Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July - his first fight in the Octagon in five years - having tested positive for anti-estrogen drugs clomiphene and hydroxy-clomiphene in an out-of-competition drug sample collected on 28 June.

Lesnar also tested positive when a second sample was taken following his bout with Hunt.

His victory will now be overturned and declared a no contest. Lesnar had originally won the bout via unanimous decision, and the fine represents 10 per cent of the $2.5million he was paid following his UFC return.

The Nevada state athletic commission unanimously agreed to the suspension and fine when they met on Thursday.

Lesnar, who continues to wrestle in WWE - where he will be one of the headline acts at January's Royal Rumble pay-per-view - had initially retired from UFC after losing at UFC 141 in 2011.

He returned to the Octagon, in agreement with WWE, for a "one-off opportunity", before subsequently returning to WWE for SummerSlam in August.

Lesnar's one-year ban will be backdated from the night of his bout with Hunt, meaning he is not eligible to compete until July 9, 2017.

However, it is uncertain whether the former UFC Heavyweight champion wants to return to the MMA arena.



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