The night of UFC 200, Brock Lesnar sounded like a guy who could really get used to jumping between cage fighting and pro wrestling. He refused to rule out a return to the Octagon and even measured himself up against other stars in the UFC heavyweight division. Unfortunately, any potential Lesnar return was derailed shortly after when USADA revealed the presence of the anti-estrogen agent clomiphene in two of his drug tests.
While Lesnar’s camp promised to “get to the bottom of this,” no further updates or statements have come from the WWE superstar leading up to his headlining bout at SummerSlam. But that doesn’t mean Brock isn’t still hopeful he could return to the cage some day.
“I got a few challenges to overcome before I can get there but I don’t know,” Lesnar said in an interview with TMZ on the weekend of SummerSlam. “For right now, I’m going to focus on my WWE career. I wanted to step back in the Octagon and avenge my loss against diverticulitis. Sunday, I’m facing Randy Orton at SummerSlam and really that’s all that’s on my mind. I think to my fans that watched me in the Octagon, I thank them for their support and this has been a bumpy road. I’m gonna get through this all right, and there will be a day, maybe, that they may see me back in the Octagon.”
Lesnar actually tested positive for the same substance as Jon Jones, which could be good news. UFC president Dana White said Jones may be able to prove he didn’t take any substances knowingly, which implies a tainted supplement. In the past, USADA has shortened the suspensions of other fighters in a similar situation from two years to six months. We’re hoping Brock’s people have given Jon a call to find out exactly where those anti-estrogen agents came from. If it was a supplement Brock also takes, he may be able to return to the UFC sooner than expected as well. It’s a long shot, but what can we say … those elbows belong in the Octagon, not the squared circle.