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WWE won’t punish Brock Lesnar for USADA violation

Brock Lesnar celebrates after defeating Mark Hunt during their heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 200, Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Brock Lesnar will return to the WWE unpunished for any potential violations of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency anti-doping policy during his return to the UFC.

TMZ was the first to report on the news, later confirmed by FOX Sports.

“The Beast Incarnate” reportedly tested positive for estrogen blockers – a substance often used by athletes to kickstart natural testosterone production after a cycle with steroids – during an out-of-competition drug screening on June 28 and an in-competition drug screening on July 9. Neither of the results for either failed test were available prior to UFC 200, allowing Lesnar to compete and defeat Mark Hunt on the July 9 pay-per-view.

The potential doping violations may prevent Lesnar from stepping back into the Octagon for two years, but it won’t stop him from making his presence felt inside the squared circle.

“WWE’s talent wellness program does not apply to part-time performers such as Brock Lesnar,” WWE told FOX Sports.

Lesnar – who was granted a rare exemption to an otherwise mandatory USADA rule that requires formerly retired UFC fighters to undergo random drug testing four months prior to returning –  is not scheduled to perform until Aug. 21 at SummerSlam. Even if he was punished by WWE, it likely only would have come in the form of a 30-day suspension, thus allowing him to face Randy Orton at the summer event without any problem.

The former UFC heavyweight champion made his return to the Octagon for the first time in nearly five years. A pay-per-view draw during the prime of his career in the UFC, Lesnar’s appearance on UFC 200 aided the July PPV toward becoming one of the bigger events of the year thus far.

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