Brian Foster's National Suspension Officially Lifted

Duane FinleyContributor IMarch 6, 2013

Josh Hedges Zuffa LLC/via Getty Images
Josh Hedges Zuffa LLC/via Getty Images

It's been a long battle for former UFC welterweight Brian Foster, but one which has finally come to an end. 

The national suspension that has prohibited the Oklahoma-native from competing inside the United States has officially been lifted and Foster is now free to apply for licensing. Bleacher Report received confirmation of this news from Michael Mazzuli of the Mohegan Sun Tribal Athletic Department, which is the governing body that placed Foster on the national suspension list.

Mazzuli confirmed via email that the ban had been lifted and Foster was free to apply anywhere in the United States with the exception of the Mohegan Sun, where the he is placed under a permanent ban. It is also worth noting the Mohegan Sun is an independent body operating inside the state of Connecticut, where mixed martial arts is currently illegal. 

After complications with an MRI lead to his release from the UFC in 2011, Foster was hopeful that his issues were behind him when he signed to compete in Season Six of Bellator's welterweight tournament. However, further complications with his medical clearance lead to the Mohegan Sun athletic commission preventing Foster from competing under the Bellator banner and ultimately placing him on national suspension.

During the process to repair his standing and have the suspension overturned, Foster was forced to compete in promotions operating outside of the country. With the ban now lifted, the 28-year-old is now free to pursue licensing from any commission operating within the United States. 

Check out this installment from my The Fighting Life series for an in-depth look at the road Foster has traveled to get the suspension overturned.