It looks like Brock Lesnar has retired from mixed-martial-arts yet again…
According to reports from outlets like USA Today Sports and MMA Fighting, a UFC official has confirmed that Lesnar’s informed the promotion he’s retiring from fighting. Lesnar, as this is being written, has not made an official announcement himself.
This comes not too long after Lesnar was suspended for one year, as a result of testing positive for clomiphene last summer. The 39 year-old heavyweight made a surprise return to the Octagon at UFC 200 in July, and was awarded a decision win over Mark Hunt. Due to the aforementioned test, however, the bout was overturned to a no-contest.
Now, if Lesnar does change his mind and wants to fight again, he’ll need to serve the remainder of his suspension first. Since he’s retired, the suspension has been frozen. Lesnar is also no longer in USADA’s drug testing pool. The aforementioned story from MMA Fighting includes this statement from a USADA press release:
Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time served under his or her sanction. Furthermore, if an athlete retires during his or her period of ineligibility, the athlete’s sanction will be tolled until such time the athlete notifies USADA of his or her return from retirement and once again makes him or herself available for no-advance-notice, out-of-competition testing.”
So, this news probably won’t surprise too many people. Lesnar would be 40 year’s old by the time he was eligible to fight again, and the star certainly doesn’t need to fight, in terms of cash. But, in a year where Ronda Rousey’s future remains uncertain, and it isn’t clear when Conor McGregor will fight again, chances are the UFC brass was hoping Lesnar might want to fight again this summer.
Lesnar also retired from MMA in 2010, following his stoppage loss to Cain Velasquez and a battle with diverticulitis.