Brock Lesnar Has More Hurdles To Clear Before Making UFC Return
Brock Lesnar's one-year ban by USADA will lift in just a few weeks provided nothing funky shows up in his final urine samples.
However, Lesnar still has one more hurdle to jump before he can land in UFC's Octagon.
According to MMAWeekly, Lesnar still owes the Nevada State Athletic Commission $250,000 for his failed 2016 drug test ahead of UFC 200.
“(Lesnar) is still suspended based on his fine,” NSAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMAWeekly.
“He is required to pay the fine or set up a payment plan with the Attorney General’s Office [to get cleared from the suspension].”
We can't say for certain if Lesnar's return would only be banned in Nevada, or nationwide if he doesn't pay his fine.
However as we learned with Jon Jones a few weeks ago, UFC can find loopholes in athletic commission's rulebook and take their business elsewhere.
Lesnar finds himself on a very short list of potential opponents for UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.
After their melodrama at UFC 226, it may be safe to assume Lesnar will indeed meet Cormier in 2019, but it's a complicated conversation to have.
Right now, Lesnar is WWE's Universal Champion.
After the shocking news of Roman Reigns' leukemia, WWE installed Lesnar as an emergency champion of sorts, reportedly inking him to a new contract as well.
Lesnar will put his strap on the line against Braun Strowman at the Royal Rumble later this month, but if he wins, which he is expected to, then a fight with Cormier may not be so likely.