He may still be under a WWE contract, but Brock Lesnar is returning to the Octagon.
As first reported by Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, Brock Lesnar will be fighting for the UFC again at UFC 200. The card was stacked before this announcement with three title fights. It just got a lot bigger. Lesnar’s opponent has yet to be announced. Current rumors say that it will be announced on Sportscenter on Monday.
According to Jeremy Botter of FloCombat.com, this is a WWE approved deal:
That’s somewhat surprising to me. If Lesnar loses this fight, you would have to think that would anger Vince McMahon. But at the same time, Vince is probably hoping for some publicity for his company from this fight.
So, if Lesnar was training for a UFC fight as early as March or April, that would explain the Lesnar/Dean Ambrose match coming off as somewhat of a stinker. Of course that is just speculation. Lesnar has not been seen since Wrestlemania. He signed a new three year deal prior to Wrestlemania 31. Every report so far says this isn’t the end of the relationship between Brock and the WWE.
Lesnar has a storied career in UFC and is considered one of the biggest draws in UFC history. In his third UFC fight, he defeated Randy Couture to win the UFC Heavyweight Title. At UFC 100, he defeated Frank Mir to retain his title in the highest drawing PPV in UFC history. He lost the Title in his next fight to Cain Velasquez, and his following fight (a loss to Alistair Overeem) was his final MMA fight. His career MMA record is 5-3.
I’m sure that there will be more to this story over the next few days, especially from the WWE’s side of things.
UPDATE: Speaking of that, the WWE posted the following on their website:
Brock Lesnar remains under contract to WWE, however, he has been granted a one-off opportunity to compete at UFC 200. Following this milestone event on July 9, Brock will return to WWE for SummerSlam on Sunday, August 21, live on WWE Network.
Justin C (@JCWonka)