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“After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, USADA re-entered Brock Lesnar to the testing pool on July 3,” the USADA statement read. “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.”

And thus Brock Lesnar is officially back. His melodramatic entrance to the Octagon and unceremonious shove of Daniel Cormier will not be wasted; Lesnar will indeed be fighting Cormier. We think.

Lesnar, 40, is currently suspended for his use of banned substance clomiphene in the lead-up to his UFC 200 bout against Mark Hunt. That fight, which saw Lesnar’s easy win overturned to a no-contest, resulted in a lawsuit from Hunt. Hunt alleges the UFC, which waived the standard 4-month testing period Lesnar was supposed to undergo prior to his return from a 2011 retirement, knew Brock was on steroids and allowed him to compete anyway. Cormier has stated he wants Lesnar tested rigorously prior to competing again in the Octagon.

A January return rules out the big fall card at Madison Square Garden. Will Daniel Cormier opt to fight someone else in the meantime? Or should Alexander Gustafsson’s request be honored and he receive an interim light heavyweight title shot? If Cormier decides to wait half a year for his money fight vs. Lesnar, the interim belt might actually make sense for once. It’s just long enough to where DC, 39 years old himself, might not want to try to fit another fight camp in. He was clear in the post-fight press conference he doesn’t plan on too many more fights in his career.

What should Cormier do? Not fight Shogun. Sorry, DC.

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Let’s not forget Friday night’s breakout star, Israel Adesanya, who put on a free striking clinic against the very tough Brad Tavares. Here’s how he unlocked his chakra prior to the bout:

@stylebender got the post-fight award for Top Anime Betrayal

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His meme game is on point too

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This is what Nigerian-born Adesanya said after the fight in his native tongue.

And lastly here’s a taste of what he can do once he’s warmed up.

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