UFC & USADA Comments On “Glitch” That Affected Brock Lesnar’s Drug Test Data


Brock Lesnar currently reigns as the Universal Champion of WWE. However, for the past several months Lesnar has been preparing for his return to the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). Lesnar reemerged into the MMA world when he confronted Daniel Cormier over the summer.

Lesnar entered the cage after “DC” won the heavyweight title via first-round knockout. The pair shoved each other and teased a future fight. UFC President Dana White said he hopes to get that fight booked in the first quarter of 2019.

However, due to his failed drug test from 2016, Lesnar must fulfill his suspension before being eligible to return. Lesnar is being tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and must continue to deliver clean tests in order to return at or after the Jan. 8, 2019 date.

In mid-October, USADA updated their website, which features drug testing numbers for all their athletes. Lesnar’s number was updated to six tests, however, that number was recently inexplicably changed down to five. This caused a lot of speculation and prompted a lot of questions.

USADA released the following statement to ESPN on the matter, revealing a “technical glitch” was to blame for the confusion. It was clarified that the number currently on the site (five) is the correct number of tests:

“USADA updates the Athlete Test History page of the UFC/USADA website on a weekly basis. During an update on the week of October 15th, we experienced a technical issue that resulted in the information on the page being displayed incorrectly.

“The correct test history for the athlete is one test [that week], not two. The issue has been fixed and the testing numbers on the website are all accurate. We are still investigating the specific technical issue that led to the error.”

UFC’s Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, Jeff Novitzky, also released a statement on the matter:

“The public website, as I understand it, indicated there had been two tests during this last quarter, and it recently dropped to one. I have always seen one test in this quarter for Lesnar. It was a urine test and it came back negative.”

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