There was a ton of speculation yesterday regarding Brock Lesnar re-entering the USADA drug-testing pool. The rumor originally started by the @TalkMMA Twitter page that has been correct about MMA news in the past. Here are the original comments by TalkMMA that started the speculation of Brock Lesnar possibly returning to the UFC:
“Paul Heyman and Brock were at the UFC HQ during (International Fight Week), had a meeting with the UFC brass. Brock’s return is eminent. Most likely at MSG on Nov. 4. I just had a second person tell me that Brock Lesnar is back in the USADA testing pool. Rumor around WWE is Brock is dropping the belt at (SummerSlam).”
Pro Wrestling Sheet then stated that they spoke to sources that confirmed that Lesnar is re-entering the USADA drug-testing pool for MMA. Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Lesnar was re-entering the drug-testing pool in order to prepare for when his WWE contract expires after WrestleMania 34.
Jeff Novitzky, who serves as UFC’s Vice President of Athlete Heath and Performance, spoke to MMAJunkie and refuted those claims. Here is what Novitzky told MMAJunkie:
“(Lesnar) is not currently enrolled in the USADA testing pool, nor has there been any inquiry on his part to do so,” Novitzky said.
Brock Lesnar’s last UFC fight took place at UFC 200. Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision. Lesnar then tested positive for the banned estrogen blocker clomiphene and was subsequently suspended for one year by USADA. Lesnar’s victory over Hunt was then reversed and ruled a no contest. Lesnar then retired from UFC, and as a result of that his suspension was frozen. If Lesnar were to re-enter the USADA drug-testing pool, he would still have five months left of his suspension to serve.