All the speculation about when Brock Lesnar can officially return to the UFC- can now end.
As first reported by Marc Raimondi of mmafighting.com, Lesnar officially re-entered the USADA drug testing pool as of July 3.
In a statement issued to mmafighting USADA stated, “Lesnar will be able to compete on or after January 8, 2019, should he remain in compliance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”
Lesnar was previously classified a retired athlete after serving the first half of a 12-month suspension, that resulted from a pair of failed drug tests around his most recent fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July 2016.
While Lesnar’s UFC return has been rumored for over a year, Lesnar finally made an appearance in a UFC cage at UFC 226 when he confronted newly crowned heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
During the UFC 226 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said that a title fight between Cormier and Lesnar would be booked in the near future.
Lesnar is presumably still under contract with the WWE where he currently holds their Universal Championship. However, Lesnar has not appeared on WWE television since April, and is not advertised for any future dates with the company.