Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has informed the mixed martial arts promotion that he is retired from competition.
The UFC confirmed the 39-year old Lesnar’s decision Wednesday.
Lesnar returned from a 4 and a half year MMA absence last July to beat Mark hunt at UFC 200, but the results was overturned after Lesnar failed two doping tests. He was subsequently suspended from competition for a year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which administers the UFC’s doping policy.
Lesnar’s decision to retire means he has been removed from USADA’s drug-testing pool, which monitors the fighters year-round.
If he decides to return to competition, he would have to serve the remaining five months of his suspension.
UFC 208 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY – Saturday, Feb. 11th
Holly Holm vs Germaine de Randamie for the Inaugural UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship.
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
Inaugural UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship
Holly Holm (144.4 lbs.) vs. Germaine de Randamie (143.6)
* Derek Brunson (186) vs. Anderson Silva (185)
* Tim Boetsch (185.8) vs. Ronaldo Souza (185.8)
* Jared Cannonier (204.4) vs. Glover Teixeira (205.2)
* Jim Miller (154.6) vs. Dustin Poirier (155.2)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports /8 p.m. ET)
* Randy Brown (170.6) vs. Belal Muhammad (170.2)
* Wilson Reis (125.2) vs. Ulka Sasaki (125.4)
* Nik Lentz (155.8) vs. Islam Makhachev (155)
* Jarred Brooks (125) vs. Ian McCall (125.2)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
* Marcin Tybura vs. Justin Willis
* Roan Carneiro (170) vs. Ryan LaFlare (170.6)
* Rick Glenn (145.8) vs. Phillipe Nover (145.6)
If Ronda Rousey wants to fight again, there is someone out there willing to teach her in the stand-up department. Floyd Mayweather, an unbeaten former boxing world champion, told TMZ Sports recently that he would train with Rousey if she wanted him to.
“I’ll work with her if she’s willing to work with me,” Mayweather said. “I don’t have anything against anyone. We are willing to work with her.”
Rousey, of course, was very vocal in the past against “Money,” especially regarding his legal issues with violence against women.
Mark Hunt has taken matters to the courts, filing a civil suit against Brock Lesnar, UFC president Dana White and the promotion he currently works for. Hunt, who is expected to return to action later this year at UFC 209 vs. Alistair Overeem, filed the suit Tuesday in Nevada District Court.
For the past several months, Hunt has been very outspoken against both the UFC and Lesnar for what happened back in July at UFC 200. The 42-year-old lost a decision to Lesnar, who later failed his post-fight drug test.
“I want the UFC to understand it’s not OK to keep doing what they’re doing,” Hunt told ESPN.com. “They’re allowing guys to do this. They had a chance to take all the money from this guy, because he’s a cheater, and they didn’t. What message is that sending to the boys and girls who want to be a fighter someday? The message is, ‘You just have to cheat like this and it’s OK.’ In society, if you commit a crime, you pay. Why is it different in MMA? It’s hurt the business, so it’s even worse. They need to be held accountable for this.”
Hunt’s suit states the defendants “affirmatively circumvented and obstructed fair competition for their own benefit.” He is also accusing the UFC and Lesnar of racketeering, fraud and several other allegations. He is seeking damages “in the millions.”
Lesnar, who came out of retirement and was granted a waiver for the four-month testing policy prior to the bout, was fined $250,000 and suspended for a year by the USADA. The suspension has no affect on Lesnar’s current WWE contract.
December 30, 2016 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Main Card (10 PM ET, PPV)
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship: (C) Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey
UFC Bantamweight Championship: (C) Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt
T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Lineker
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Ray Borg vs. Louis Smolka
Prelims (8 PM ET, FS1)
Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny
Alex Garcia vs. Mike Pyle
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori
Niko Price vs. Brandon Thatch
Early Prelims (7:30 PM ET, UFC Fight Pass)
Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira
Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino was notified by the USADA that an out-of-competition drug test provided in December has come back positive for a banned substance. The collection came on December 5 and is a “potential anti-doping violation.”
The UFC released a statement Thursday afternoon:
The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on December 5, 2016.USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.
Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Cyborg’s boyfriend and representative, Ray Elbe, posted a message on “The Underground” in an attempt to clear up the situation.
“Not for a steroid, and she has a prescription as part of the post fight therapy she’s been receiving due to the severe weight cut,” Elbe wrote. “This has been known for a few days, and Cris’ doctor has been in direct contact with USADA turning over all the necessary patient files to document the reasons Cris needs the medication.
“Cris had issues with her kidneys and blood pressure, and that’s part of a prescription she’s been seeking for therapy. Cris doctor works with several Olympic and UFC athletes who are also under USADA testing and this was part of the treatment given to her the Monday after the weigh-ins.
The UFC announced late Tuesday night the first-ever female featherweight title fight, and Cris “Cyborg” Justino is not part of it. After Cyborg turned down bouts with Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie, the promotion decided to pair Holm and de Randamie at UFC 208 to crown a champion at 145 pounds.
Cyborg, the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion, stated in previous interviews that she could not cut down to 145 pounds within the timeline the UFC set before her. She was sworn in as an American citizen on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Holm is a former UFC bantamweight champion, but is coming off back-to-back losses to Miesha Tate for the title and to Valentina Shevchenko. De Randamie sports a 4-1 record over her last five fights, falling only to current UFC champion Amanda Nunes.
Cyborg did issue a comment on her Twitter page, calling out both the UFC and Bellator MMA.