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Brock Lesnar Won’t Be Eligible To Make UFC Return Until Early 2019

Brock Lesnar stepped back into the Octagon this past Saturday night to call out the UFC’s new heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, but don’t expect to see the fight take place this year.

As much as the UFC would no doubt love to get that blockbuster match-up happening as soon as possible, Lesnar still has to undergo manditory drug testing from USADA for six months before he’s allowed to return to action, meaning it’ll be January at the earliest before the fight can take place.

“After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, Brock Lesnar re-entered the testing pool on July 3,” USADA confirmed. “With six months and four days remaining on his period of ineligibility, Lesnar will be able to compete on or after January 8, 2019, should he remain in compliance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”

It no remains to be seen whether Cormier will opt to sit out and wait for Lesnar, or whether he’ll be tempted to squeeze in another light-heavyweight title defense in the mean time.

One things for sure though – he wants to fight Lesnar, but only if he can prove he’s not using performance enhancing drugs.

“I’m not going to fight him if he’s not clean,” Cormier said recently. “We’ll do USADA testing, and we’ll do other testing. We’ll do testing above USADA to make sure this man’s clean, because I’m not going to fight him if he’s cheating. I’ve done that on a number of occasions already (with others). I don’t want to fight him if he’s dirty, man. Do it the right way.”

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