Brock Lesnar is still a huge deal in the world of sports entertainment, having made his name in professional wrestling and mixed martial arts (MMA). Now though it seems that Lesnar is closing the door on his UFC career for good, with reports surfacing that the WWE Superstar has retired officially from the sport.
According to MMAFighter.com – Lesnar has informed UFC of his retirement, putting an end to one of the sports more interesting career paths.
Speculation was running wild that Lesnar might be looking to make the jump back to UFC when his current WWE deal was up. Given that he only has a year left on said deal, it would have been the ideal time for it to happen. However by removing himself from the USADA drug-testing pool, meaning he is no longer officially on the UFC roster.
It means that Lesnar’s suspension, incurred after failing a drugs test in the shadow of UFC 200, will be held up until he re-enters the USADA drug-testing pool.
“Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time served under his or her sanction,” USADA’s press release regarding Lesnar’s sanction stated. “Furthermore, if an athlete retires during his or her period of ineligibility, the athlete’s sanction will be tolled until such time the athlete notifies USADA of his or her return from retirement and once again makes him or herself available for no-advance-notice, out-of-competition testing.”
Brock Lesnar returned to UFC 200 in 2016 to much hype and fanfare. He successfully defeated his opponent, but fell foul of the drugs testing policy in place in MMA. Because of his part-time status with WWE, he’s not subject to WWE’s Wellness policy – excluding him from the typical suspension period.