Brock Lesnar is an absolute physical monster. At a lean 6’3″, 286, Lesnar has competed in professional wrestling, football, and MMA. Joe Rogan has posited that Lesnar, if he had started MMA earlier in life, could have been the best heavyweight in UFC history.
After being fined and suspended from the UFC for one year, Lesnar’s return may be imminent. Though he reportedly told the UFC he was retiring earlier this year, rumor has it he may return for another fight by the end of the year.
Lesnar reportedly met with Paul Heyman, his manager, and UFC higher-ups in Las Vegas during International Fight Week.
Paul Heyman and Brock were at the UFC HQ during IFW. Had a meeting with the UFC brass. Brock's return is eminent. Most likely at MSG on Nov4
When you look at Brock Lesnar, it’s hard to imagine the heavyweight has ever lost a fight in the UFC. Lesnar always appears to be in top physical condition, but his manager insists that is rarely the case. For Lesnar’s UFC bouts, that has apparently never been the case.
“I would suggest that Brock is really now in his physical prime because he was robbed of reaching his full potential as an athlete in his 20s and early-30ss by diverticulitis,” Heyman said, via Damon Martin of FOX Sports. “If you look back at his career, by the time he was in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, he was already suffering from diverticulitis.”
We first learned about Lesnar’s struggles with the intestinal condition when he pulled out of his scheduled fight against Junior dos Santos in 2011, but diverticulitis was also the reason he had to bail on a fight in 2009. According to Heyman, the condition affected Lesnar long before that.
“So you never saw him at his full potential in college,” he continued. “You never saw him at his full potential in his first run in WWE. He went into the Minnesota Vikings camp not only with the diverticulitis inside of his system but a broken jaw and a fractured pelvis, which he covered in the book that we wrote together and then you never saw him, not once did you see him in UFC at his absolute physical peak.”
Reports on Tuesday said that Lesnar informed the UFC that he is retiring from MMA. MMA Fighting first reported the news, and other outlets later confirmed it.
Lesnar, 38, fought Mark Hunt in a one-off fight last year after nearly a five-year absence from competition. He won the fight but it was overturned into a no-contest after Lesnar tested positive for PEDs twice.
Lesnar was fined and suspended a year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as a result of his positive tests.
Lesnar remains a huge attraction and is getting prepared for his match against Goldberg at WrestleMania in April. Given his popularity and draw as a fighter, don’t be surprised if Lesnar fights at some point in the future.
Brock Lesnar was reportedly removed from the UFC’s active roster as part of a roster purge on Friday.
A Twitter account called UFC Fighters Info runs a webscript that produces notifications when UFC.com deletes fighters from its roster. Over 40 fighters were marked as deleted Friday. These can be fighters whose contract with the UFC expired, or ones who retired or are no longer competing for the organization for another reason.
The biggest name included in the roster purge is Lesnar, who was one of the company’s biggest stars.
Lesnar, 39, first joined the UFC in 2008 and fought Frank Mir, losing via first-round submission. He bounced back and won two in a row, including a second-round TKO of Randy Couture to become the UFC heavyweight champion. Lesnar successfully defended his title twice in a row before losing consecutive fights, leading him to step away from MMA.
After a four and a half year absence from MMA, Lesnar made a surprising return to the octagon in July to face Mark Hunt. Lesnar did not have to go through all the drug testing that is typical for a fighter to get cleared to re-join the UFC. He ended up testing positive for PEDs before and on the day of the fight.
Lesnar is currently serving a one-year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission stemming from his positive drug tests. The suspension is set to end in July.
In addition to Lesnar, Tim Kennedy is another notable fighter who was removed from the roster. Kennedy announced his retirement last month.
Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests prior to his July 9 win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, and the former heavyweight champion insists he mistakenly ingested the same banned substance twice.
Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie reports that Lesnar’s camp has requested tests on an eye medication and a foot cream to determine if either substance contains clomiphene, which is an estrogen blocker that increases testosterone levels. Lesnar’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, said in a letter last month that the eye medication came back negative for clomiphene but the foot cream is still being tested.
“We are still investigating this matter (which investigation includes the ongoing testing of products used by Mr. Lesnar prior to the date of the positive test),” Jacobs wrote. “To provide further detail, I am advised that the testing laboratory (Korva Labs) initially tested an eye medication, which was negative for either clomiphene or clomiphene metabolites. Subsequent testing has been conducted on a foot cream; that testing has included three separate extraction attempts, all of which have failed. A fourth extraction attempt is being made by Korva Labs this week.”
The odds of proving Lesnar ingested a banned substance unknowingly are incredibly slim. Jon Jones also tested positive for clomiphene, and there have been some crazy rumors about how he ingested the substance. In the end, both fighters are likely to face some sort of suspension.
Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests prior to his win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 and is facing a possible one-year suspension, but the heavyweight said recently he will not rule out fighting in the UFC again.
Alistair Overeem doesn’t see any way that will happen.
“I don’t think he’s coming back, first (of all),” Overeem said. “Second, I mean he … never mind.”
It would be hard for Lesnar to return to the Octagon at this point. How would Dana White explain to this guy that he let Brock come back after all that? Even if Lesnar didn’t test positive, there’s a possibility the WWE was only allowing him to return to the UFC for one fight. Now that he is facing a possible one-year ban from mixed martial arts, a return seems even less likely.
Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones may have failed drug tests prior to UFC 200, but that does not necessarily mean the two will be suspended from competition for two years.
As MMA Fighting points out, Lesnar and Jones both tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene. The U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) considers this substance (as well as the Letrozole Jones also tested positive for) to be “specified substances,” which means the two are facing a punishment of up to a year suspension rather than the standard two years.
World Anti-Doping Agency Code (read the 2015 code here) states that the substances are more susceptible to credible non-doping explanations, such as contaminated or tainted products.
USADA can even let the two off with just a warning. Meanwhile, the fighters can also request arbitration if they are dissatisfied with the penalty they receive.
One thing to note is that the USADA penalties the fighters face are different from the ones handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which only apply to Lesnar and Jones’ ability to fight in Nevada.
If you’ve been following the news lately, it seems to all be pointing to Jones potentially getting off with a light punishment. The most recent story suggested that Jones’ positive test was triggered by a sex medication. If that’s the case, his argument for a lesser penalty would be well supported.