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Things may not be so bad for Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar. Even though both of the UFC fighters allegedly failed drug tests, they might not face the most severe penalty possible.

According to MMA Fighting, the substances the two tested positive for are considered "specified substances" under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, which means "there is a greater likelihood that these substances could be susceptible to a credible non-doping explanation."

Both fighters tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent. Jones also tested positive for Letrozole, an aromatase inhibitor, according to MMA Fighting. The WADA Code recognizes that it is possible for a banned substance to enter an athlete's body inadvertently and "therefore allow a tribunal more flexibility when making a sanctioning decision," according to MMA Fighting.

Both Lesnar and Jones have hearings scheduled before the Nevada State Athletic Commission later this year.

Lesnar stunned the MMA world by returning at UFC 200, and handily defeating Mark Hunt by unanimous decision. The WWE superstar had not fought in more than 5 years, but returned after Jones was removed from the yard for failing a United States Anti-Doping Agency test. A few days after the fight, USADA announced that Lesnar had failed two drug tests, one before the fight and one the day of.

USADA announced that Jones had tested positive for performance enhancement drugs less than a week before UFC 200. Anderson Silva replaced Jones against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200.


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