The most decorated athlete in sports combat, “The Beast” Brock Lesnar is gearing up to make his much-awaited return to UFC.
Lesnar entered the USADA testing pool this past summer after confronting UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 226. Soon after, UFC President Dana White made Cormier vs. Lesnar official.
In mid-October, USADA published that Brock had been tested 6 times. However, a recent update lists Lesnar’s test count at 5.
The decrease in the count caused an uproar among fans who raised a lot of questions on the matter.
USADA recently issued a statement to ESPN blaming a “technical issue” for the ‘miscalculation’ and clarified that the current count reflected on the website (5) is the actual number.
“USADA updates the Athlete Test History page of the UFC/USADA website on a weekly basis. During an update on the week of October 15th, we experienced a technical issue that resulted in the information on the page being displayed incorrectly.”
“The correct test history for the athlete is one test [that week], not two. The issue has been fixed and the testing numbers on the website are all accurate. We are still investigating the specific technical issue that led to the error.”
Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance for UFC, Jeff Novitzky responded with the following statement:
“The public website, as I understand it, indicated there had been two tests during this last quarter, and it recently dropped to one. I have always seen one test in this quarter for Lesnar. It was a urine test and it came back negative.”
Fans can expect Lesnar to return to the Octagon on or after January 8, 2019, provided he is able to deliver clean tests throughout.
The Beast is currently enjoying a second Universal Championship reign in WWE and is scheduled to defend his title against Braun Strowman at Royal Rumble.