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Brock Lesnar is still on UFC’s active roster, will continue to be tested by USADA

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The Beast Incarnate hasn’t said much about his future plans in mixed martial arts, other than “Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants to do”.

He’s locked in for another year and half or so of working for Vince McMahon and WWE, but outside of his upcoming SummerSlam date opposite Randy Orton, we don’t know a heck of a lot about those plans, either. Lesnar has never been a full-time performer since coming back to pro wrestling in 2012, but whether or not he follows up his win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 with more trips to the Octagon will be between him and Vince.

Thanks to a report earlier today from our sister site MMA Fighting, we do know one potential door to another MMA bout is remaining open. Brock remains listed as an active member of UFC’s roster. As such, he will continue to be tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden told MMA Fighting:

To my knowledge, Brock Lesnar has not notified USADA of his retirement from the UFC. Therefore, he remains subject to USADA testing and the UFC anti-doping policy.

Given the short window between the announcement of Lesnar’s return to UFC and the fight against Hunt, the company used an exemption based on Brock’s retired status to waive the requirement that fighters be tested for four months prior to a match. His opponent brought up the waiver several times in pre-fight interviews, although Lesnar was tested normally from June 4 - July 9.

Should all parties agree to get the Saskatchewan resident back in the cage - and given the money involved, most pundits think it’s a matter of when, not if - this news makes it easier to make another bout happen.

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