Brock Lesnar Returning for UFC 200. All Done with WWE?
UFC officials announced that the professional wrestling superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion will face an undisclosed opponent at UFC 200 on July 9. The news comes despite an announcement by Lesnar in March 2015 that he was “closing the door on MMA.”
The WWE said Saturday night that Lesnar was “granted a one-off opportunity” to return to the UFC for the July fight and that he’d return for WWE’s SummerSlam on Aug. 21.
Lesnar, who turns 39 next month, is a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion. He made a successful transition from professional wrestling to mixed martial arts in 2007. The UFC signed Lesnar despite a 1-0 professional record. He debuted against former championFrank Mir and lost via submission.
Lesnar went on to win his next four bouts, including a November 2008 UFC title fight against Randy Couture. Lesnar avenged the Mir loss at a landmark UFC 100 event on July 11, 2009, in Las Vegas. After that bout, Lesnar was sidelined for a year due to an intestinal disorder, diverticulitis.
He went on to compete two more times, suffering knockout losses to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem, the latter in December 2011. Lesnar trained for a comeback last year and was in negotiations with the UFC on a new deal , but ultimately decided to re-sign with the WWE.
Here we go again. So much for Brock Lesnar closing the door on MMA for good. WWE was very quick last night to point out that this was some sort of one-off situation and that The Beast Incarnate would be returning to Sports Entertainment for Summerslam. I find that hard to believe, especially if Lesnar goes out and destroys his opponent at UFC 200. What’s worse is if he goes out and gets his ass handed to him like he did in his most recent MMA fight. What does WWE do then? Hard to build this guy as an unstoppable killing machine one month after he gets wrecked in the octagon.
For the life of me, I can’t understand why WWE would allow their far and away highest paid performer go out and fight for UFC. Perhaps there was some sort of unknown clause in Lesnar’s deal. The only thing we know for sure is Brock Lesnar is going to always do what’s best for Brock Lesnar. I imagine he’s getting a small fortune for this fight at UFC 200. I also imagine that if it goes well, it certainly won’t be his last. My guess is we’ve seen the last of Lesnar in a WWE ring for a bit or at the very least, he’ll appear at Summerslam and then be gone again.