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USADA didn't pay to expedite Brock Lesnar's test results prior to UFC 200

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If you thought Mark Hunt was mad before, just wait until he gets a hold of this information.

Brock Lesnar was flagged by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) five days after his win over Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada after two tests revealed he tested positive for the fertility drug clomiphene.

But could have USADA obtained the test results earlier?

According to MMA Fighting, the simple answer is yes, as USADA could have forked over an anywhere between $35 and $450 to UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory to have the test results come back faster. Of course, it's important to note that a request to expedite would not guarantee the results would have come back prior to the fight.

Still, standard turnaround for an expedited return is two days to a week, and since Lesnar's sample was taken on June 28, the chances of receiving the info prior to UFC 200 would've been great. Then again, as the report stated, the lab was in the midst of analyzing countless tests for the Rio Olympics, as well as UFC 200 tests which happen to be one week after Fourth of July weekend.

That said, Jeff Novitzky -- UFC vice president of health and performance -- says expediting test results is easier says than done.

"It's not as simple as it sounds. We're having an event literally every week now — 24 to 26 fighters per each card. A lot of those fighters are being tested in the two to three weeks before a fight. You would have to expedite every one of those tests. If you want to expedite one or two tests, the costs with the laboratory are relatively minor. When you start talking about 100 or so a month or more, you could more than double the cost of this program."

Since news broke of Lesnar's test results, Hunt has been on a verbal tear against USADA, UFC and Lesnar himself, asking to asking to receive Brock's $2 million purse, stricter punishment and even went as far as to ask for his UFC release of something drastic isn't done about the situation.

One result that was returned prior to UFC 200 was that of Jon Jones, who also tested positive for anti-estrogen three days prior to his headlining Light Heavyweight title fight against Daniel Cormier. As a result, "Bones" was removed from the event altogether and "DC" went on to fight and defeat Anderson Silva.

One can only imagine the disaster that would've been UFC 200 had Brock's positive results were obtained prior. Though I'm sure fight fans, as well as Mark Hunt, would've appreciated it very much.

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