Lesnar, Diaz, and NSAC Reach Settlements
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has declared today that former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar will be ineligible to compete for the next year and fined him $250,000 (ten percent of his win purse) after he failed drug testing for July’s UFC 200.
WWE’s “The Beast” failed two separate tests on June 28 and July 9, the day of UFC 200. While WWE’s drug testing policy might not be as strict as that of the current UFC (Lesnar fought for the organization prior to their partnership with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) Lesnar has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) before.
There might be an explanation: a combination of eye medication and foot cream.
Lesnar was granted a waiver from having to enter the USADA testing pool, which all fighters must now do four months ahead of entering or re-entering the UFC, due to the short notice of UFC 200 losing the main event of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier after Jones also failed drug testing (later found to have been caused by a tainted sexual supplement.) Lesnar didn’t end up taking the main event spot but was the primary reason the event sold well.
Updated 1/16/17: Lesnar’s UFC 200 opponent, Mark Hunt, has responded to the news above. The result of their fight has been changed to a “No-Contest.”
“It’s not harsh enough considering he gets the same [punishment] as Jon Jones and Jones didn’t fight,” Hunt said to MMAFighting.com. “Would that penalty have sufficed if I had died or been maimed?"
Hunt has had a history of facing opponents that failed testing (it takes quite some time for results to come out, in the name of absolute certainty)and has demanded 100 percent of Lesnar’s purse, that “clauses put in his contract that will protect him in the event a future opponent tests positive for any banned substances,” or that he be released from the UFC.
“I am still waiting on UFC,” he said. “Will they allow my clause or [will] we get into a lawsuit so the whole world can watch?”
The NSAC has also reached a deal with Nate Diaz for his conduct during the now infamous Diaz-Conor McGregor “water bottle incident” at a UFC 202 press conference in August. He has been fined $50,000 (2.5 percent of his $2 million purse according to ESPN) and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service before December 1 of next year.
McGregor received his judgment back in October but, in refusing to comply, he is also refusing to ever fight in the state of Nevada again. He is involved in an ongoing legal battle to review this matter.