During a UFC media gathering on Friday, former WWE wrestler CM Punk — who is expected to make his UFC debut at some point this year — suggested that if the UFC pairs his octagon debut with the return of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, the UFC would shatter all of its previous pay-per-view records.
It’s not surprising that Punk — who left WWE in January of last year — wants to see Brock Lesnar make his return to the UFC when Lesnar becomes a free agent at the end of this month. As of right now, Lesnar is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and is set to defend that title at WrestleMania against new WWE golden boy Roman Reigns, a match that most people are expecting Lesnar to lose, especially if Lesnar doesn’t re-sign with WWE beforehand.
Brock Lesnar is the biggest pay-per-view draw in the history of the UFC, and if he returns to the octagon, his first opponent will likely be Frank Mir, who was Lesnar’s opponent in the biggest drawing main-event in UFC history.
No one is expecting CM Punk to do Brock Lesnar-like numbers on pay-per-view, but the UFC is expecting that CM Punk will be a major pay-per-view draw, which is why they signed him in the first place. It’s still unclear who CM Punk will face when he finally makes his UFC debut, but it’s expected that he’ll be fighting at 170 pounds, and that he’ll fight someone with the same amount of experience.
Punk says that Lesnar has given him good advice since he joined the UFC, and that he’ll often try to pick Lesnar’s brain whenever he gets the opportunity to speak with him.
There are some people who expect Lesnar to return to the UFC due to the fact that he’s approaching his late 30s, and if he has any desire to fight, now is the time to make his return. But as of right now, nobody knows what Lesnar is going to do when his WWE contract comes to an end. There are rumors that Lesnar wants to remain under WWE contract while having one or two fights in the UFC, and that WWE chairman Vince McMahon won’t allow it.
If Lesnar makes his return to the UFC, there’s a good chance that the UFC wouldn’t miss the opportunity to pair CM Punk’s debut with the return of Brock Lesnar, as it would likely do big business.
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