Brock Lesnar eligible to fight in January 2019

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Following Brock Lesnar’s appearance at Saturday’s UFC 226 event to challenge new heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, questions have been asked regarding when Lesnar is eligible to fight.

Lesnar was suspended in 2016 following a pair of drug test failures associated with his July 2016 fight with Mark Hunt at UFC 200. He was served with a one-year suspension by USADA, as well receiving the same length of suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission along with a $250,000 fine.

When Lesnar retired in early 2017 and removed himself from the USADA testing pool, his suspension was frozen and would have to be served before he could fight again.

On Sunday, POST Wrestling contacted USADA for clarification regarding when Lesnar will be eligible to fight and received the following statement on Monday from Communications Director Brad Horn:

After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, Brock Lesnar re-entered the testing pool on July 3. With six months and four days remaining on his period of ineligibility, Lesnar will be able to compete on or after January 8, 2019, should he remain in compliance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.