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Brock Lesnar, Caught For Doping? Impossible!
What We're Looking At
So, UFC and WWE entertainment heavyweight Brock Lesnar has been caught by the USADA for doping. There are almost certainly going to be protestations from Lesnar’s camp that he is innocent, that the results of the testing are somehow flawed or the result of cold medication interfering with the outcome.
According to Independent, “Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene and 4-hydroxyxlomiphine in an out-of-competition urine test on June 28, 2016 as well as an in-ring urine test on the night of the fight (where he claimed a unanimous decision over Mark Hunt) on July 9, 2016, in Las Vegas.”
Clomiphene can be used in women struggling with fertility issues, and 4-hydroxyxlomiphine “can indirectly raise natural testosterone levels in the body, as well as counteracting the side effects of the use of anabolic steroids.”
Now, I understand that Lesnar is a hero to many who follow WWE and UFC news and events, and I know that he cuts a rather impressive figure inside the squared circle and the octagon. Certainly, I would not want to be caught in a dark alley and see a man like Brock Lesnar coming towards me – I would very definitely be turning the other way and heading the opposite direction from him. I’m sure a good many of his opponents might feel much the same way when they’re slated to go up against Lesnar.
I’m also not saying that Lesnar isn’t a good man. I’m sure that when Lesnar is on your side, there’s no other man that you’d sooner have in your corner. However, we have to look at some hard truths when we’re looking at this positive dope test.
Brock Lesnar, Circa 2010 & During All-American Wrestling Years
Lesnar - A History
To be sure, Lesnar has a respected sports background. He was a two time All American wrestler, and was worked out by the Minnesota Vikings; you don't get that far without having some skills in really rough sports.
He made his WWE debut back in 2000, and has since become a fan favorite. He was an impressive figure then, but over the last 16 years, he has grown to a massive size, looking as though he could rip cars apart with his bare hands (which he actually did do a few years ago). With a chest measurement of 54 inches and a 38 inch waist, Lesnar cuts a terrifying figure when he enters the squared circle or the octagon.
With his return to WWE in 2012, Lesnar was huge, both to the fans and just in physical stature, and several questioned just how big Lesnar had gotten. Some have asked whether the current suspension for drug use meant that Lesnar wasn't really back as a fighter while Lesnar's opponent from UFC 200, Mark Hunt, said that the suspension wasn't harsh enough.
So, what does this actually mean for Lesnar's career, which would appear to be stalled for the next year?
Brock Lesnar, Wrestlemania XXXI
UFC President Dana White figures that Lesnar won't be returning to the octagon following the end of the current drug suspension; Lesnar will be able to compete in sport again July 15, 2017, three days after he turns 40. While the oldest UFC champ to win a bout was Randy Couture at 46, most UFC champs hover around the mid-30s mark, with Anderson Silva being dethroned as champ at 38 by Chris Weideman.
While 40 is not old by any means, it is still puts Lesnar among the ranks of some of the oldest WWE wrestlers, who at their oldest range in age from around mid-30s to mid-50s. The reality of being 40 is ultimately going to hit Brock Lesnar, and it's not going to be pretty; Lesnar is going to have to consider the fact that no matter how hard he trains, his body will start to protest and demonstrate signs of wear and tear - particularly after years of working in a sport like MMA and wrestling, which are not exactly known to be easy on the body.
Lesnar has made no secret of the fact that he and Sable, his spouse, live in Saskatchewan during their downtime, and that he has no problem going back to having nothing after reaching the dizzying heights he's reached, both as a UFC champ and a WWE champ. He may have to reconsider where he's going career wise as a result of the drug suspension, which in reality comes as no real surprise; for many who've gotten familiar with Lesnar over the years, it's really just been a matter of time.