According to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, fighters who are coming out of retirement are required to notify the promotion in writing four months in advance of an intended return, and to make themselves available for random testing for four months.
Brock Lesnar, however, has been given a waiver to this rule ahead of his UFC 200 bout with Mark Hunt.
According to a clause in his contract which reads, "UFC may grant an exemption to the four-month written notice rule in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an Athlete," Lesnar is exempt.
He has not fought for the UFC since 2011 which was before the policy was put into place.
According to a statement given to Yahoo! Sports, Lesnar was registered with USADA and placed into the testing pool, but was given a waiver for the four month warning.
On June 6, 2016, UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar was registered by USADA into the UFC Anti-Doping Policy testing pool. As part of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, UFC may grant a former athlete an exemption to the four-month written notice rules in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an athlete. Given Lesnar last competed in UFC on December 30, 2011, long before the UFC Anti-Doping Policy went into effect, for purposes of the Anti-Doping Policy, he is being treated similarly to a new athlete coming into the organization.
While conversations with the heavyweight have been ongoing for some time, Lesnar required permission from WWE to compete in UFC 200 and only agreed to terms and signed a bout agreement last Friday. He was therefore unable to officially start the Anti-Doping Policy process any earlier. UFC, however, did notify Lesnar in the early stages of discussions that if he were to sign with the UFC, he would be subject to all of the anti-doping rules. Lesnar and his management have now been formally educated by USADA on the policy, procedures and expectations.
Lesnar is set to make his return to the cage in July.
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