Brock Lesnar re-entered the UFC Octagon at UFC 226 on Saturday, July 7, challenging two-division champion Daniel Cormier to a future fight and pushing the titleholder across the cage. Lesnar cut a WWE-style promo after entering the cage and now fans are left wondering when he will be able to compete again. After all, Lesnar has been out of the USADA drug testing pool so he would require a minimum of six months before he is eligible to return to action.
This week, USADA announced when he will be able to return.
According to the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Lesnar returned to the pool in early July and will be eligible to return when the new year rings in.
“After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, Brock Lesnar re-entered the testing pool on July 3,” USADA officials said in a statement. “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.”
Following UFC 226, UFC president Dana White announced that Lesnar vs. Cormier was “definitely happening.”
Lesnar must wait six months because the UFC’s anti-doping policy requires any fighter who is returning out of retirement to enroll in the program for six months before they can fight again. Lesnar is also currently serving a suspension dating back to 2016 for multiple failed drug tests surrounding his fight at UFC 200 against Mark Hunt.
So while we know Lesnar vs. Cormier is happening and will do so in early 2019, the exact date is yet to be determined.