It appears that Brock Lesnar hasn’t been re-added to USADA’s drug testing pool after all, according to the man behind the program.
It looks like the rumors of Brock Lesnar taking a step towards resuming his MMA career were exactly that – rumors. Earlier in the day, there was much talk that the former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar was looking to explore his options down the road and had be re-entered into the USADA testing pool. That does not appear to be the case though.
Lesnar, who was suspended for a year after some positive drug tests around UFC 200 last July, officially retired in January. That froze his suspension, so he still has five months left on it. Theoretically, entering the pool would allow him to restart the clock on his suspension, so he would be free to fight in December or later.
With his WWE contract up around April 2018, it would make some sense that the 40-year-old would leave every door open possible for the future. But UFC anti-drug czar Jeff Novitzky brought the hammer down on all the speculation when taking to MMA Junkie, saying that there’s “zero truth” to the rumors and that he’s not back in the program.
“He is not currently enrolled in the USADA testing pool, nor has there been any inquiry on his part to do so,” said Novitzky.
Lesnar (5-3, 1 NC, 4-3, 1 NC UFC) won the UFC heavyweight title in 2008 by defeating Randy Couture in his fourth professional fight. Health issues ultimately forced his retirement from MMA in 2011, but he returned five years later to fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200. Lesnar won a unanimous decision in a dull fight, but the result was flipped to a No Contest after the positive drug tests come to light.