Lesnar return to Octagon will happen in 2019

July 9, 2018

MMA Junkie reports USADA’s confirmation that Brock Lesnar entered the USADA testing pool on July 3, 2018.  This means that the earliest Lesnar could return to the Octagon would be January 8, 2019 according to USADA.

There was speculation that Lesnar would be ready by the UFC 25th Anniversary Show in New York in November or the UFC’s year-end show on December 29th.  However, it looks like the actual date per USADA is January 8, 2019 based on the six months and four days time per USADA indicated in a statement to MMA Junkie.  Lesnar needs to be in the pool for random drug testing per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. N

Lesnar’s last appearance in the Octagon occurred at UFC 200 in July 2016.  Of course, he tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently suspended by the NAC and USADA.  But, Lesnar claimed to have retired from the UFC thus USADA taking him out of the testing pool.  The former UFC Heavyweight Champion returned to the WWE where he has been since the summer of 2016.

Payout Perspective:

The UFC usually ends with a big PPV in December in Vegas and its too early for an announcement yet of the company’s plan as to when Lesnar-Cormier would happen.  It would upset the last couple PPV events of 2018 but spring into 2019 with a huge PPV.  One would have thought that all parties would have timed this better.  But, it may have been another issue with WWE as to negotiating terms for using Lesnar.  Regardless, whenever it happens, its good news for the UFC.

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