Yesterday there was speculation that WWE superstar Brock Lesnar had quitely rejoined the USADA testing pool and was on the verge of a UFC comeback, but it’s now emerged that’s not the case.
There have been conflicting reports over the validity of the USADA claim during the past 24 hours, but it’s now been officially debunked by the man best place to know – the chief of the UFC’s anti-doping police, Jeff Novitsky, who told MMAfighting that there’s “zero truth” to the rumor.
Another aspect of the comeback claim that’s prove to be false is that Lesnar had been planning to step back into the Octagon In November at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
However, that can also now be consigned to the trashcan as Lesnar still has to serve out the remainder of his year-long suspension stemming from testing positive for clomiphene after his decision win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 last year, which was later amended to a no-contest.
Due to the fact that Lesnar eventually opted to remove himself from the USADA testing pool, his suspension was frozen until he re-enters it, meaning that he would still be out of action for over six months even if he did want to return, which means it just wouldn’t be possible for him to return until 2018 at the earliest.
The only part of the rumor that does hold water is that Lesnar’s WWE deal is up in April of 2018, and as such it’s still possible that the 40-year-old former UFC heavyweight champion may be looking to keep his options open about a possible return to the Octagon as contract negotiations loom on the horizon.