WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar entered the USADA testing pool this past summer after confronting UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 226.
In a recent interview with Jim Rome, Cormier noted the drastic change in Lesnar’s physique, since entering USADA. The Beast is now leaner, smaller and “looks like a completely different person.”
“When I look at Brock and I see him now and he’s competing in the WWE and being under the USADA testing program, I see the differences in him. You look at Brock Lesnar today as opposed to when he came back at UFC 200, he looks like a completely different person. He’s smaller physically, his face looks a lot smaller, there’s just a lot of differences in him so if I am to believe my eyes, then it tells me that he’s being tested and he’s being tested a lot.”
As of mid-October, Brock has been tested 5 times. Although UFC President Dana White officially announced Lesnar vs. Cormier for 2019 shortly after UFC 226, it remains to be seen whether the fight actually takes place given DC is set to retire in March on turning 40.
Lesnar can return to the Octagon on or after January 8, 2019, provided he is able to deliver clean tests consistently for 6 months (from July 2018).
If Brock fails to make it to UFC before March due to contractual obligations with WWE, Cormier will possibly take on Jon Jones in his last fight inside the cage.
This isn’t the first time that The Beast has been called leaner or smaller since re-entering USADA. Prior to his title match against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam, Lesnar’s appearance on Monday Night RAW received similar reaction from fans although he was only a month old in the USADA at that time.
The reigning Universal Champion will return to WWE TV on January 21 on RAW. Fans will be able to see Lesnar’s smaller and leaner appearance once he comes out through the curtain at the Chesapeake Arena three weeks from now.