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Brock Lesnar Notifies UFC of Retirement from Mixed Martial Arts

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 30: Brock Lesnar announces his retirement in the Octagon after losing to Alistair Overeem during the UFC 141 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Per a report on, Brock Lesnar has informed UFC that he has retired from mixed martial arts.  He also has been removed from the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) drug testing pool.  This means that Lesnar is no longer officially on the UFC roster according to USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden.

Lesnar (5-3, 1 No Contest) came back to the UFC after a five year absence to face Mark Hunt at UFC 200.  He was victorious on that night by decision, but after the fight it was revealed that he had failed an out of competition drug test prior to the fight, then a second on fight night.  Because the pre-fight test results were not known before UFC 200, Lesnar was permitted to fight.  In hearings with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in December, the result of the fight was deemed a no-contest.

Both the NSAC and USADA suspended Lesnar for one year for the positive tests, and in addition the NSAC fined him $250,000.  Lesnar has denied knowingly taking prohibited substances, but has made few public comments on the matter.  As pro wrestling fans are aware, the suspensions have had no effect on Lesnar’s WWE career, and he seems to be on track to face Goldberg at Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando, FL on April 2.

Lesnar’s suspension was originally expected to end in July, making him eligible to return to action on July 15, 2017.  As a result of his retirement, his suspension was frozen since he is no longer in the drug testing pool.  If Lesnar would want to return to the octagon, he would have to serve out the rest of the suspension first, which would be a period of five months starting from the date he re-enters the testing pool.

About Bill Wentz (1561 Articles)'s Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at

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