Before their fight at UFC 200, heavyweight Mark Hunt warned that opponent Brock Lesnar was taking performance enhancing drugs. Fighters returning to the UFC ordinarily have to go through a four-month waiting period while they are tested for PEDs. However, because Lesnar left the UFC before the advent of USADA, he was grandfathered out of the requirement.
Then Lesnar tested positive for the banned estrogen blocker clomiphene. The drug is not notably performance enhancing on its own, but would typically be taken at the end of a cycle to restore normal functioning. Unfortunately, the results didn’t come back until after the fight was over and Lesnar won.
Hunt was enraged. Lesnar vowed to”get to the bottom” of it all.
Now the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has granted Lesnar extra time to mount a defense. The fighter will be using a tainted supplement defense, and has secured the services of Howard Jacobs, whose legal practice has a particular focus on the defense of athletes charged with doping offenses.
According to MMAunkie, Jacobs is also representing Jon Jones, who tested positive for clomiphene as well as letrozole, another banned estrogen blocker. Jones has said he believes the failed test was due to a generic erectile dysfunction drug.
Jones too requested a delay because “USADA has not held their hearing,” but Lundvall pushed back.
“I don’t think it is good precedent for us on a going-forward basis to only follow USADA’s hearings,” she said. “I don’t think we are in some type of administrative process where we let USADA set the stage or dictate what the potential punishment may be.
“I know from a practical standpoint, that effectively the continuance should be granted. But I do not think this is a good cause.”
The US Anti-Doping Agency is incredibly good at drug testing. The NSAC suffers from a mixed record.
The commission did in the end vote to approve a delay for Jones as well. Yet another continuance was granted to Nate Diaz for his role in the bottle-tossing fracas with Conor McGregor at UFC 202.