Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has informed the promotion that he has retired from the sport mixed martial arts, as first reported by MMA fighting.
As a result, the 39-year-old has been removed from the USADA drug-testing pool, meaning he is no longer an official member of the UFC roster.
Lesnar, who is now a WWE star, returned to July's landmark UFC 200 event after a five-year hiatus to challenge New Zealander Mark Hunt in the co-main event. Despite winning the game, his victory was overturned after testing positive for the banned substance clomiphene twice, following an out-of-competition urine test.
According to the Sun, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) fined ‘the Beast Incarnate’ £200,000 and suspended him from UFC for a year, meaning he would have been qualified to return to the cage this July. But now, due to his retirement, he would not be able to compete in an octagon anyway after the ban is lifted.
For now, it looks like Lesnar will spend the rest of his career in WWE. He is slated to face Bill Goldberg in a highly-anticipated rematch at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando on April 2.