Brock Lesnar banned for one year and fined $250,000 for failed drug tests

He tested positive after his bout with Mark Hunt at UFC 200

Brock Lesnar

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UFC star Brock Lesnar has been banned from competition for one year and fined $250,000 for failing drug tests after his bout with Mark Hunt at UFC 200.

Lesnar hadn't fought with the promotion for nearly five years but came back in a once-off special as the company celebrated the landmark event.

Lesnar's addition to the event proved controversial from the offset. Respected MMA journalist Ariel Helwani broke the news of his place on the card before the UFC did, resulting in him being banned from all future UFC events.

A backlash in the media forced the UFC to back down on their handling of Helwani and he was allowed to resume his work unimpeded.

Lesnar tested positive for anti-estrogen drugs clomiphene and hydroxy-clomiphene in the run up to his appearance on the card and his fine represents 10% of his $2.5 million purse. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also banned him from competition for one year. 

He went on to dominate Hunt in the contest but the result has now been overturned to a no-contest. His opponent has been less than impressed with how the whole episode has been handled and is currently involved in a stand-off with the UFC.