The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) prides themselves on presenting data on athletes competing for companies like Dana White’s UFC. WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, alongside any other athlete that competes for UFC, are all required to perform a certain amount of tests in order for clearance to compete.
As ESPN confirmed, back in mid-October, the USADA website had listed Lesnar as having submitted 6 tests this year. The company updates the athlete test page on their website on a weekly basis, though they have now realized a glitch had taken place, as Lesnar has only submitted 5 tests for USADA this year.
According to Adam Woullard- a spokesperson for the USADA, the technical issue happened on October 15 and has now been fixed. Furthermore, all information on the site is now confirmed to be accurate, though the USADA is looking into the technical issue that caused this problem in the first place.
The spokesperson had the following comments on the matter:
“USADA updates the Athlete Test History page of the UFC/USADA website on a weekly basis. During an update on the week of October 15th, we experienced a technical issue that resulted in the information on the page being displayed incorrectly. The correct test history for the athlete is one test [that week], not two. The issue has been fixed and the testing numbers on the website are all accurate. We are still investigating the specific technical issue that led to the error.”
UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, Jeff Novitsky has also chimed in on the issue, claiming White’s company has no concerns over the issue- as they are aware of the results Lesnar did have, as he had the tests.
“I have access to a more specific database than the public, which displays the date a sample is collected, what type of sample it is and what the results are as soon as they are available. The public website, as I understand it, indicated there had been two tests during this last quarter, and it recently dropped to one. I have always seen one test in this quarter for Lesnar. It was a urine test and it came back negative.”
“This program has a limited amount of resources and funding. It would be great to test everybody every week, but that would cost millions and millions of dollars. To put it in a nutshell, I have all the confidence in the world USADA is allocating these testing resources appropriately.”
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