The most decorated athlete in combat sports, Brock Lesnar will not be able to fight this year in the UFC for failing to enter the USADA testing pool by June 30, 2018.
MMA journalist Ariel Helwani reports that Lesnar entered on July 3 which makes The Beast eligible to fight current UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier anytime after early January, 2019.
Here’s s the official USADA statement:
“After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, Brock Lesnar re-entered the testing pool on July 3. 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.”
Brock Lesnar-USADA update, courtesy of USADA: pic.twitter.com/D467KUHLJK
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 9, 2018
As of this writing, there is nothing new on Lesnar’s status for SummerSlam but The Beast is expected to defend the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns in Brooklyn in August. The match between Reigns and Bobby Lashley at Extreme Rules will likely set the stage for whatever Vince McMahon has planned for the main event of SummerSlam.