With his eagerness to return in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, former UFC champion and now WWE star Brock Lesnar has done his first step to make his anticipated return a reality.
Based on multiple reports, the 41-year old pagoda has undergone his first drug test in more than two years. Lesnar re-entered the USADA testing pool last July 3, and according to his record in USADA’s online database, he has submitted his first sample this week.
Rising from Adversity
Brock Lesnar has expressed his eagerness to return in the cage at the UFC 226. But to make this happen, the former UFC champion needs to pass all tests set by the anti-doping organization.
After testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the UFC 220, the organization served him a one year suspension while his unanimous decision victory against Mark Hunt was overturned to a No Contest. Lesnar then announced his retirement from mixed martial arts early this year. With this, he was not able to accomplish and complete the entire suspension period.
The final six months of his suspension will end on January 8, 2019. With Lesnar rejoining the USADA testing pool as early as July, the veteran fighter is leaving no stones unturned to finally return in the octagon. Once he does, he is up for a tall order that facing the double champion Daniel Cormier.
Reigniting the Fire
Lesnar’s interest to return in the UFC was further reignited when he made a surprise appearance at the UFC 226. Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic starred in the main card of the event in a highly-anticipated heavyweight clash but the WWE star stole the show from them.
Cormier, meanwhile, went on to win the fight to become the first double champion in the UFC history. After Cormier knocked out Miocic in the opening round, Brock went inside the cage and stole the microphone from Joe Regan, called out Cormier, and started an in-cage dust up.
This face off earned mixed reactions from MMA fans, with many of them slamming the UFC and Dana White. They called it as a WWE-like promotional tactic.
Miocic criticized Lesnar for this disrespectful act. The former heavyweight champion, Miocic, could also be Lesnar’s biggest rival for a title shot after he demanded a rematch against Cormier.