Daniel Cormier is the new UFC heavyweight champion, and his first defense of that title is set to be against former champion Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar still has to serve out the remaining six months of his one-year USADA suspension after testing positive for clomiphene. The suspension was frozen after he once again announced his retirement from MMA, but now that he’s coming back, he needs to re-enter the USADA drug-testing pool. According to a USADA spokesman, “the process to get back in the USADA drug-testing pool” has started, per MMA Fighting. That spokesman “was not able to go into detail as to what Lesnar has done so far regarding beginning the process.”
Unless he’s already re-entered the pool and begun testing, with USADA not willing to be transparent over who is and isn’t in the pool, then Lesnar won’t be able to compete until early January 2019. Lesnar’s win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 was overturned due to his drug test failure, so technically speaking, his last official win was Shane Carwin in July 2010.
The 40-year old WWE star was cageside at UFC 226, expected to challenge the winner of Cormier and Stipe Miocic. Cormier called him into the cage, and Lesnar shoved him, then verbally trashed both Miocic and Francis Ngannou in what can only be described as a WWE-ish spot. UFC president Dana White said that Lesnar is the fight they’ll make next for Cormier,
In the UFC 226 post-fight press conference, White’s justification for a Cormier-Lesnar fight was that “it’s a fight that people want to see,” and that while he acknowledged Lesnar popping for a banned substance, he did “beat Mark Hunt.”
Well regardless of where you stand on a Lesnar title shot, it’s a bout that would sell a lot of pay-per-views, and the UFC obviously needs a boost in PPV buys, and neither Cormier vs. Alexander Volkov nor Curtis Blaydes is not going to outdraw Brock Lesnar.