The UFC was forced to lose its top star for UFC 200 when Jon Jones failed another drug test. Luckily, Dana White and the UFC had an alternative. Miesha Tate and the women’s division headlined the card instead. Also on the docket was Brock Lesnar in his return to the octagon. The former-WWE champion defeated Mark Hunt in dominating fashion. It wasn’t the post-fight aches and pains that hurt Lesnar, but rather the situation Lesnar would get into after.
In a report by MMA Junkie, Brock Lesnar tested positive for the same drug Jones got busted for. After rumors of an asthma inhaler being the culprit for the failed drug test, Clomiphene is now the drug Lesnar presumably took, according to that report. An asthma inhaler would have been thrown to the side and forgotten about. Since an inhaler isn’t illegal, nobody from the WWE or UFC would have had a care in the world.
Now, since Lesnar is being linked to a testosterone booster, the WWE star’s dilemma just became serious. MMA Junkie clarified what the drug does as well as its worth to athletes:
“Clomiphene is classified as a performance enhancer and is banned year-round because it is often used in tandem with performance-enhancers and is also thought to restart natural testosterone production.”
For any WWE fan or UFC fan, it’s truly a shame that happened. As the Beast Incarnate put it, he’s a “jacked white boy.” Everyone was told to “deal with it,” as well. The only thing being dealt with is a punishment for Lesnar in the octagon. Nothing will happen in the WWE, because Lesnar isn’t supposed to appear until SummerSlam, and he will not be suspended.
On ESPN Tuesday night, John Cena spoke to Jonathan Coachman and was asked about Brock Lesnar’s recent failed drug test.
“Well, there was certainly a lot of hype. I was actually on SportsCenter hyping that fight myself. My thoughts were in Brock Lesnar’s corner, as he was put as the underdog in that fight, and he ended up doing well. Anytime something like that comes out, it certainly affects your perception of the event. There’s no way that people aren’t going to perceive Brock Lesnar differently, and when something like this happens, you set yourself a long, hard road ahead of you, and Brock’s got a long, hard road ahead of him.”
Cena’s words are held up high with the likes of Triple H and Vince McMahon. He’s arguably the biggest star in WWE history, along with the Rock and Hulk Hogan. It was obvious that Cena had strong feelings towards that aspect of professional sport, having seen it happen all around him. He’s never failed a drug test and never been suspended. The 15-time WWE champion takes pride in staying clean and working hard to accomplish all that he has.
That’s not to say Cena is ashamed of Brock Lesnar. Thinking that would be purely guessing. However, it does make the WWE look bad, even though it wasn’t an affiliated offense. Lesnar failed a UFC drug test. He never broke the WWE wellness policy. Technically, there is nothing the WWE can do. It’s not like he’s an everyday performer, so it won’t hurt the product directly.
How will this affect Lesnar and the WWE? It immediately becomes a red flag to the casual sports viewer. They hear the term PEDs or drug policies, and thoughts of cheating are immediately brought up. Following that, fans wonder how many drugs Lesnar has taken in his career to advance. He hasn’t violated any WWE policy, as said above, but they should keep a close eye moving forward.
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