The UFC has decided it will not fine Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones—the two main attractions of UFC 200—for failing drug tests prior to their fights scheduled for the July 9 event.
Jones tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene and Letrozole metabolite, and anti-estrogen performance-enhancing drug, on June 16. He was immediately disqualified from his fight against Daniel Cormier.
UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler stated that individual state athletic commissions will issue any potential fines to the fighters instead of the UFC, according to MMA Fighting. The UFC recently stated on July 16 about the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which the UFC is partnered with for their competitions:
"The USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed."
Lesnar had originally tested positive for the same substance from an out-of-competition test on June 28. The former UFC heavyweight world champion stated to the Associated Press via ESPN one week after he beat Hunt at UFC 200 when the positive results became public, "We will get to the bottom of this."
Both Jones and Lesnar are facing a potential two-year ban from UFC competition. Jones has hired an anti-doping lawyer to help win his case against the U.S. Anti-Doping Association, and to be reinstated if he is subjected to suspension. The UFC stated If he can't fight, a big question mark lies in how Jones will continue to make his "bones" if he is not allowed to compete for that time period.
As for Lesnar, he is still under contract with WWE, and can keep a stream of income when he "brings the pain" back to WWE on Aug. 21 when he faces Randy Orton at WWE's SummerSlam. In that case for Mark Hunt, who lost to Lesnar at UFC 200, he may feel vindicated that he should at least some (or maybe all if he's lucky) of Lesnar's $2.5 million purse from their fight since Lesnar's already set to get more next month from the WWE.
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