Initially reported by MMAFighting.com, Brock Lesnar was finalizing a deal to return the octagon. I was skeptical, but when Ariel Helwani reports something, 99.9 percent of the time it’s valid. However, a small part of me still wasn’t satisfied, as we’ve heard this kind of news for the past four years.
Then – during the UFC 199 PPV, the UFC dropped an absolute bomb of a promotional video for UFC 200. Watch till the very end, it will give you goosebumps!
How on earth could this happen, doesn’t he have a contract with the WWE?
Crazy enough, the WWE allowed Brock Lesnar to have a one-off at UFC 200. After he competes, he will return to the WWE. How cool is this? And who would ever though A) Brock Lesnar would compete in the UFC again and B). The WWE would let him?
As for an opponent…
Now, Heavyweights that aren’t booked for a fight are;
Mark Hunt – Logically makes sense, but I don’t think it’s a particularly good matchup for Lesnar. I’m sure it’s in the UFC and WWE’s interest that Lesnar has a somewhat favorable matchup.
Frank Mir – Unfortunately Mir awaits an impending suspension, as he tested positive for an anabolic steroid. Mir claims his innocence, but that remain to be seen. A trilogy fight between the two, would have been golden for the UFC. And if you don’t recall, the two last locked horns at UFC 100.
Junior Dos Santos– Currently Dos Santos is rehabbing from shoulder surgery, so he’s out of the picture.
Fedor Emelianenko (The Exception on the list!) – Ironically, Emelianenko’s next bout is on June 17th and will be aired on UFC Fight Pass. Also, his opponent is recent UFC departure, Fabio Maldonando. If he comes away unscathed and if he isn’t tied down contractually, the UFC should push hard to finally make this dream matchup come true.
Stefan Struve – The Skyscraper has won two of his last three fight, recently only needing 16 second to dispose of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. I could see the UFC getting away with this fight, as the 7 foot Struve is not only a spectacle, but a worthy opponent.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – Despite being retired, I could slightly see this happening. I know he didn’t really want to retire – but losing three of your last four fights, the amount of miles on him after 46 professional fights and being 40 years old is a pretty clear sign. Would anyone even be interested in this though? He is a legend, but he’s not the same fighter he used to be.
Shane Carwin – After losing to Brock Lesnar at UFC 116, Carwin would only fight in the UFC one more time. As a late replacement for the injured Brock Lesnar, Carwin fought at UFC 131 against Junior Dos Santos. It would be an ugly beat down and while Carwin wanted to continue fighting, chronic injuries didn’t allow him. His hands were forced, as would retire. However, it’s been almost five years now since he stepped into the octagon. And, he says he’s ready to go and willing to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 200. Why not?
If I were the UFC, I’d either push to get Mir innocence if he really claims innocence or put your money where your mouth is – and give us the Fedor Emelianenko fight. The Carwin rematch is interesting, but we are talking about a guy who’s back nagged him into retirement. Physically is able to fight? Other than that, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira would pit a legend against Brock. Maybe Struve gets it, but doubtful considering it’s a one off. I know I’m dodging it, but Mark Hunt makes a lot of sense logically – but no sense for Lesnar.
Anyways, Lesnar will be on ESPN at 10am EST to discuss his return and potentially his opponent. Stay tuned!