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Brock Lesnar officially retires from UFC

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No more one-offs.

Brock Lesnar’s day of competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) appear to be over, as MMA Fighting is reporting that "Beast Incarnate" has notified Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) of his plans to officially retire from the sport.

As a result, Lesnar has been removed from United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing pool, according to a statement from the agency.

"Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time served under his or her sanction. Furthermore, if an athlete retires during his or her period of ineligibility, the athlete’s sanction will be tolled until such time the athlete notifies USADA of his or her return from retirement and once again makes him or herself available for no-advance-notice, out-of-competition testing."

Lesnar last competed at UFC 200 in July of 2016 after a five-year layoff, defeating Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (see it again here). After the bout, however, it was revealed that hulking heavyweight had failed a pair of drug tests after he tested positive for clomiphene and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on June 28, 2016.

He was subsequently suspended for one year by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and fined a sum of $250,000. The transgressions drew the ire of Hunt, who went on a crusade agaisnt Lesnar and the promotion, soon thereafter. Lesnar’s win -- his first in MMA since 2010 — was subsequently overturned.

Now, Brock can once again turn his attention full-time to being a professional wrestler for WWE.

Can’t say the writing wasn’t on the wall.

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