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Brock Lesnar retires from MMA (again)

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Brock Lesnar will be working a busy schedule for WWE from now until WrestleMania 33. He’ll have plenty of time to do as much or more even after now that he’s decided to retire from MMA.


That’s according to MMA Fighting, who note that there has been no official announcement but it’s been confirmed by a UFC spokesperson. Lesnar has been serving a suspension for failed drug tests before his big return fight at UFC 200, a unanimous decision victory over Mark Hunt that has since been overturned because of the aforementioned failures.

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Lesnar has also been removed from the USADA drug-testing pool, meaning he is no longer officially on the UFC roster, per USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden. Last week, it was reported that Lesnar’s name had been removed from the UFC’s unofficial online roster.

Lesnar, 39, was suspended for one year by USADA last month after testing positive for the banned substance clomiphene twice over the summer. He would have been eligible to return July 15, 2017, but his suspension has been frozen since he is no longer in the testing pool, per the promotion’s anti-doping policy.

If he decides to come back, something UFC President Dana White doesn’t think he’ll do, Lesnar would have to serve out the rest of his suspension after reentering the drug-testing pool. He’s got a lucrative career in pro wrestling, however, so there’s no reason to think he’ll decide to head back to the Octagon again.

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