Despite being a huge fixture on the WWE landscape since his 2011 exit from mixed martial arts competition and venturing once again into professional wrestling, Brock Lesnar is returning to UFC. And that return is set to take place a month from now at UFC 200.
When Lesnar’s contract negotiations in March 2015 resulted in a reported three-year deal, notions that he might return to UFC seemingly vanished. WWE put him in the spotlight in a huge way during his tenure, making it unlikely that they would ever let him go, especially with Lesnar’s victory over The Undertaker at WrestleMania. The headlines during his interview with ESPN to discuss his decision to return to WWE indicated that he didn’t intend to ever go back to mixed martial arts.
And yet, Brock Lesnar will be on the card at UFC 200.
His stint in UFC didn’t quite go as he would’ve hoped, despite winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship and successfully defending it twice. Diverticulitis sidelined him and hampered his training, which he attributes for his lack of success in his final two fights, each a first round loss.
Mark Hunt agreed to fight Lesnar on the July 9th card. The 42-year old Samoan has won his last two fights, defeating Antonio Silva and Frank Mir over the course of the past 8 months. When asked about Lesnar, Hunt had some choice words:
“I deal with a wrestler like I deal with every other fighter. I punch them in the mouth. … If he has an itch to scratch I will scratch it for him. I ain’t no part-time fighter. He thinks this is a game where he can come back and forth. I will send this pretender back so he can play house with the other part timers. This realm is for the real fighters, not these damn pretenders. Don’t confuse wrestling with real fighting. I’m going to give it to him.”
There is speculation that WWE is allowing Lesnar to compete in UFC as part of a talent share deal which will likely result in Ronda Rousey getting to take part in an upcoming WWE event, either SummerSlam later this summer or WrestleMania in 2017. Rousey previously entered a WWE ring as a non-competitor at WrestleMania 31 alongside The Rock. Were she to get involved at some point in the next year, it would likely be as a wrestler.
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