Brock Lesnar
The Beast

USA

Done with UFC
HeavyweightUFC
April 30, 2019
UFC President Dana White said Lesnar is retiring, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports. "Brock Lesnar told me he's done. He's retiring," White stated.
ANALYSIS
Lesnar became eligible to compete on Jan. 8 after being in the USADA testing program for six months, but he never made an appearance in the Octagon since that date despite calling out current heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier back in July. If this is truly the end for "The Beast", he'll finish his UFC career with a 4-3-0 record, as his most recent fight -- a unanimous-decision victory over Mark Hunt -- was ruled a no-contest after Lesnar failed a drug test. While it was a brief career in the Octagon, the former champion will be remembered by noteworthy victories over the likes of Shane Carwin, Fank Mir and Randy Couture. Lesnar will call it quits at the age of 41.
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Eligible to compete
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January 29, 2019
Lesnar has been eligible to compete in the UFC since Jan. 8, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Lesnar had to be enrolled in the USADA testing program for a full six months in order to be eligible, a period which ended earlier in the month. A match between the former heavyweight champ and Daniel Cormier, whom Lesnar called out after UFC 226, is now a possibility.
Calls out Daniel Cormier after UFC 226
HeavyweightUFC
July 8, 2018
Lesnar entered the octagon to call out Daniel Cormier after his victory over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 on Saturday, though the proposed matchup may have to wait until 2019, according to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.
ANALYSIS
Lesnar apparently has waited until this week to re-enter the USADA testing program, and a fighter must be in the testing pool for a minimum of six months before they are eligible to compete. His WWE contract does allow for one final concurrent UFC fight, so the primary roadblock to this fight actually happening will be USADA, and rightfully so. Lesnar last competed for the UFC at UFC 200 in July of 2016, when he defeated Mark Hunt via a convincing unanimous decision. That fight was ultimately overturned to a no-contest, however, as news broke that Lesnar failed both in-competition and out-of-competition drug tests surrounding the event. Lesnar later signed with the WWE again and retired from MMA, but that lasted a matter of months before comeback rumors surfaced. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion cut a WWE-worthy promo after Cormier's win Saturday, insulting the rest of the heavyweight division before saying "I'm coming for you" and pointing at DC. Lesnar and Cormier would have been the perfect headliner for the Madison Square Garden card in November, but with Lesnar's current timeline, it seems he'll be unlikely to compete until at least Jan. 8, 2019. This leaves enough room for Cormier to potentially defend his light heavyweight title before getting an epic payday against Lesnar next year.
Signs contract with WWE
HeavyweightUFC
April 9, 2018
Lesnar signed a deal WWE on Monday that will make him a part of the Royal Rumble, but includes terms for at least one more UFC fight Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The exact terms of Lesnar's contract with WWE are unkown at the time, but the contract is expected to be a short term deal. The key aspect of the agreement is that Lesnar won't be permanently leaving UFC and will be allowed to participate in a fight in the future, as Dana White alluded to April 4. However, if he wants to enter the Octagon, Lesnar has to pass six months of USADA drug testing protocol, so the match likely wouldn't be until towards the end of 2018 at the earliest.
Returning to Octagon
HeavyweightUFC
April 4, 2018
Dana White admitted Wednesday that Lesnar will make a return to UFC, MMAFighting.com reports. "Yeah, Brock Lesnar's coming back," said White. "I don't know when, but yes he is."
ANALYSIS
Lesnar last competed in the octagon July 9 of 2016 when a co-main event win was vacated due to a failed drug test that led to a one-year suspension. Although he announced his retirement in February of 2017, rumors have stirred on multiple occasions that he's not ready to give up the sport. White officially confirmed those rumors Wednesday, though a date for the return of "The Beast" has yet to be set.
Comeback rumors dismissed by UFC executive
HeavyweightUFC
July 20, 2017
UFC executive Jeff Novitzky confirmed with Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com that Lesnar has yet to reenter the USADA testing pool.
ANALYSIS
Multiple news outlets have reported this week that Lesnar had re-entered the USADA testing pool, suggesting that the former heavyweight champion has been eyeing another comeback fight. As of Wednesday, however, those talks appear to be premature. Lesnar is currently serving a one-year suspension stemming from a positive drug test at UFC 200, and that suspension will remain frozen until he decides to re-enter the testing pool. He still has six months of that to serve, and there's also the question of the $250,000 fine given by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Whether the 40-year-old Lesnar actually intends to fight again remains to be seen, but at the very least, the move could create leverage in negotiations with his WWE contract that is nearing expiration.