Easily one of the most recognisable faces in the combat sports, Brock Lesnar is preparing to make his return to the Octagon as soon as January of 2019.

The 40-year-old had been out of action since 2016, when his defeat of Mark Hunt was ruled a no-contest in light of Lesnar’s two failed drugs test in the immediate aftermath of the fight.

Having now re-entered the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s testing pool, however, the period of enforced hiatus has restarted and would expire on January 8, 2019.

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In a statement to MMA Junkie, USADA said:

After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, Brock Lesnar re-entered the testing pool on July 3,

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.

A previous heavyweight champion in the UFC, Lesnar seems to have the desire to win back the hardware he lost to Cain Velasquez in 2010.

His contest against Hunt marked the former-WWE star’s first mixed martial arts appearance in just under five years, and despite his lofty age, Lesnar seemingly isn’t done yet.

After confronting new UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier inside the cage at UFC 226 on Saturday, UFC chief Dana White confirmed the disgraced colossus would be making a return to the organisation.