Not that you thought any different, but the UFC have confirmed ex-heavyweight world champion and current WWE megastar Brock Lesnar has retired from mixed martial arts.
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With little fanfare, nor a public comment from the man himself, the UFC confirmed that Brock Lesnar has officially notified the promotion of his retirement from MMA, as reported by MMAFighting's Marc Raimondi.
There was little doubt this was the case. After close to five years on the shelf, Lesnar made his MMA return at UFC 200, taking on Kiwi heavyweight Mark Hunt. Despite his lengthy hiatus, Lesnar impressively controlled all three rounds to take home a unanimous decision win. However, this victory was overturned upon two positive tests for the banned substance clomiphene – one an out-of-competition failure and the other happening on the day of the fight.
As a result, the 39-year-old was handed a one-year suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the Nevada Athletic Commission, the latter also fining Lesnar $250,000 for his misdemeanour.
Lesnar would have been eligible to return to the Octagon on 15 July 2017, with his retrospective year-long ban commencing from the UFC 200 event. But, his suspension has been frozen – as recommended by the UFC's anti-doping policy – because he opted out of the testing pool.
It never looked likely that Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon any time soon and with his ban suspended for whenever he opts back into the USADA testing pool to compete in the UFC again, the possibility of another dabble in MMA looked even more unlikely. The UFC announcement was just confirming the inevitable.
Lesnar's duo of failed tests undermined the UFC's anti-doping policy in tandem with USADA, with the system coming under intense scrutiny. Lesnar's out-of-competition positive test was failed before his UFC 200 bow, but the results didn't materialise until once the event was over – essentially rendering the test useless in the policy's attempts to protect drug-free competitors from fighting those using performance enhancing substances.
The uproar caused by this transgression even prompted Lesnar's opponent Hunt to sue the UFC for what he perceives to be purposeful carelessness to allow Lesnar – undeniably one of UFC 200's biggest pay-per-view attractions – to compete on their bumper bicentennial event.
Lesnar, meanwhile, resumed his WWE run after his brief return to MMA. The Minnesotan is presently engaged in a professional wrestling feud with former NFL defensive tackle Bill Goldberg. They are expected to lock horns at WrestleMania 33 in April.