If former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is eyeing a return to the octagon, he has yet to take the steps required by the UFC’s anti-doping policy.
Lesnar retired for a second time in February after being given a one-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) retroactive to July 15, 2016, for multiple drug failures stemming from his UFC 200 fight with Mark Hunt.
The UFC’s anti-doping policy, which is administered by USADA, states that if a retired athlete wants to return to competition, they “must tell the UFC, in writing, that they want to start competing again. After notifying the UFC, they need to be available for testing for at least six months before returning to competition.” Recent reports indicated Lesnar had begun that process.
However, UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky, who oversees the program, told MMAjunkie there is “zero truth” to those reports.
“(Lesnar) is not currently enrolled in the USADA testing pool, nor has there been any inquiry on his part to do so,” Novitzky said.