As far as the mysterious missing Brock Lesnar test is concerned, USADA says that it is very ado about nothing.
Social media reported over the past couple of days about a disagreement in the number of drug tests USADA reported to Lesnar in its public online database. Last week, Lesnar's drug test number strangely went from six to five, as noted by several supporters of USADA data.
In a statement sent to MMA Fighting on Tuesday, USADA spokesman Adam Woullard called it a "technical error".
"USADA updates the sports test history page on the UFC / USADA website every week," the statement is read. "During an update on the week of October 15, we experienced a technical issue that resulted in the page's information being displayed incorrectly. The correct test history for the athlete is 1 test, not 2. The problem has been corrected and the test numbers on the website are all correct. We are still investigating the specific technical problem that led to the error. "
In other words, Lesnar's 2018 test of counts went from four to six in the week of 15 October, as it should have been from four to five. The current dose of Lesnar drug test remains at five per cent. 5th of December weekly tally.
Twitter user @ dimspace noted that no other fighter drug test counter in its investigation has experienced a similar error.
I have gone through @USADA_UFC s xml with a nice dentist.
Only Lesnars test numbers have fallen between 28/11 and 7/12, no other fighters are hit
The test is from 17/10 reporting period. 2 samples reported that week initially.
1 has disappeared or been removed. pic.twitter.com/0IPIabXQMD
– Dave / Dim (@dimspace) December 8, 2018
UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky told ESPN that the information provided by the AntiDoping Agency was always correct – he gets more thorough data – and he believes USADA's explanation is true.
"I have access to a more specific database than the public, which shows the date when a sample is collected, what type of sample it is and what the results are as soon as they are available," said Novitzky. "The public website, as I understand it, indicates that there were two tests during this last quarter and it recently fell to one. I've always seen a test in this quarter for Lesnar. It was a urine test, and it came back negative. "
He added that he has "all the confidence in the world" that USADA allocates the right test resources to Lesnar.
The error that occurs with Lesnar's doping test is remarkable because of his controversial history with USADA, UFC and anti-doping. Before Lesnar's UFC comeback in 2016, the campaign waived a rule that recurring warriors should be in the USADA drug trial pool for four months.
At that time, the UFC announced that they began testing Lesnar as soon as he officially signed an agreement (about a month out of the match), although Lesnar himself in interviews said that discussions about the return had been ongoing for several months. UFC, who had the written right to give him an exception to the four-month period based on his policy, also said that Lesnar had not previously been subject to the USADA program when he retired in 2011 and the fourth month's provision was not intended for anyone as he returns. It was supposed to be more for someone trying to leave, and then re-enter the program to avoid testing for a period, said the UFC.
Lesnar fought and beat Mark Hunt at the UFC 200 in July 2016. One week after the match, the UFC announced that Lesnar had failed a drug test for the forbidden substance clomiphene, derived from a test collected from the WWE star 11 days before the match. UFC and USADA took heat because they could not get that drug sample faster before the UFC 200. And Hunt is currently claiming the UFC on a number of requirements that have to do with that situation.
Lesnar's victory was overturned by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) to no competition. He was suspended one year by NAC and USADA. The latter suspension was frozen when Lesnar formally retired and left the drug sample pool later in 2016.
On July 3 this year, Lesnar rejoined the pool. He is entitled to return to the UFC competition on January 8, 2019. Lesnar has been tied to a potential UFC heavyweight title match with champion Daniel Cormier, although no bout is officially scheduled.