Brock Lesnar’s return to the Octagon has taken another step, as USADA has confirmed that the former UFC champ has re-entered the organization’s drug testing pool. In addition, it has announced the date that Lesnar will become eligible to fight again.

Unless you’ve been away from any semblance of modern civilization, you know that Lesnar has been tapped by the UFC to challenge new heavyweight champ, Daniel Cormier next. Lesnar was on hand at UFC 226, and after Cormier took out Stipe Miocic, the pro-wrestling star didn’t waste anytime promoting the scrap.

In order for Lesnar to compete, he needs to re-enter USADA’s testing pool. He also needs to serve out the remainder of a one year suspension he was handed by the organization in 2017, after he tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene.

That test was tied to Lesnar’s July, 2016, decision win over Mark Hunt, at UFC 200, which has since been overturned to a no-contest.

Well, recently USADA announced the following (quote via MMA Fighting):

“After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, USADA re-entered Brock Lesnar to the testing pool on July 3,” the statement said. “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.”

So, provided all goes well during the next sixth months, we’ll see Cormier – Lesnar sometime in the first quarter of 2019. The UFC typically does an event Super Bowl weekend, so it wouldn’t be too, too surprising if that fight gets booked for then.

This past year, the UFC held UFC 220 in Boston, January 20th, and that was a pretty stacked card. Miocic worked his way to a decision win over Francis Ngannou, and Cormier stopped Volkan Oezdemir. So, maybe the promotion will look at having Cormier – Lesnar as soon as possible, but, Super Bowl weekend would probably dove tail better with that fight.

Cormier has repeatedly said that he’s not going to fight after he turns 40, March 20th. There’s been a lot of talk about Cormier defending the 205 title before he faces Lesnar. But, it seems like a risky proposition, considering the tight timeline for Cormier’s retirement.