Rumors about WWE superstar Brock Lesnar returning to UFC have been circling him for several months.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Lesnar has two more months left in his contract with Vince McMahon’s promotion will lose the WWE Universal Title at SummerSlam on August 19 in Brooklyn. A title loss will likely mean the end of his current WWE run.
Upon exiting WWE, rumors run rampant that Beast is determined to return to UFC Octagon after the summer. Earlier this week UFC dictator Dana White said that Lesnar would re-sign with the promotion when the former champ’s WWE contract expires.
According to reports by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Brock Lesnar is in negotiations with UFC to make an appearance at the promotions’ biggest PPV event on July 7th at UFC 226, the card headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. Lesnar will be likely to challenge the winner.
Lesnar has been asked to face the winner of the 7/7 Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier fight for the heavyweight title, which from a sports standpoint is ridiculous given that Lesnar hasn’t had a true UFC win since Shane Carwin in 2010 (his 2016 win over Mark Hunt was changed to a no contest when he tested positive for Clomiphene). But that would also be a money fight. As noted before, it’s going down to the wire. The idea for that fight is on 12/30 in Las Vegas, which means Lesnar needs to put himself back in the USADA testing pool by 6/30. If he does, it would not be a surprise for Lesnar to show up at the 7/7 UFC 226 show. I can tell you that while that is not decided on, it is something under discussion for him to show up and challenge the winner or them at least tease that.
Before that Lesnar will first have to re-enter the USADA testing pool by June 30 to make himself eligible for random drug testing. It would still take six months for him to be cleared to compete.
Lesnar’s last fought at UFC 200 event where he defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision back in July 2016.
There’s also news circulating about a possible showdown against former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. But Jones legal troubles with USADA still needs to resolve as he faces up to a four-year suspension for his second infraction.
White is pretty sure that if the stars align, Lesnar and Jones are both down to square off inside the octagon.