If the UFC were hoping that Brock Lesnar would be returning to action once again this year, it seems as if those hopes were misplaced.
Instead, Lesnar has informed the promotion that he is retired, meaning he has been ruled out from any further USADA testing, and is no longer included on the UFC roster. MMAFighting first reported the news.
When Lesnar returned to the UFC last year at UFC 200, most fans were stunned. The former heavyweight champion had been out of action for nearly five years, and instead had returned to where he first made his name at the wrestling company World Wrestling Entertainment.
But, unfortunately for all involved, his comeback was stopped in controversial fashion. After defeating Mark Hunt, it was revealed he had failed a number of USADA conducted tests for banned substances — something that took a particularly grim shade when the fact the UFC had allowed him an exemption from a mandatory 4 month testing period prior to competition.
In light of those failed tests, the Nevada State Athletic Commissioned fined Lesnar $250,000 and banned him from competition for one year. While Lesnar has denied taking any banned substances, he has made no real public comment on the matter.
Should this be the last time we see Lesnar in the cage, he retires with a record of (5-3, 1 NC).