Brock Lesnar’s return to the octagon at UFC 200 this week came as a surprise to many fight fans who thought the WWE star was done with MMA.
Many analysts have praised Lesnar for taking on a brutal knockout artist in Mark Hunt as his return fight. In his last fight, Mark Hunt dropped Lesnar’s old rival Frank Mir with a devastating punch in one of his signature walk-off knockouts.
— Sherdog.com (@sherdogdotcom) June 27, 2016
Brock Lesnar explained that his bout with diverticulitis – a condition that affects the colon – had affected his ability to fight at his full potential. He felt that the illness beat him rather than his opponents that he lost to during his UFC fighting era.
Now that Brock Lesnar feels healthy, he is excited about his fight at UFC 200. When the former UFC heavyweight champion was asked about his future in the sport, he told Fox Sports that “I don’t know. I feel really good.”
Brock Lesnar has stated that he called UFC President Dana White to try and make the fight happen at UFC 200. According to Low Kick MMA, the WWE star has expressed that he doesn’t want to live with regret and he wants to get back in the UFC and have fun.
“Training camp is going great. I’m happy. I’m happy with my life. I’m happy with everything. Yes, since I left the Octagon after I got beat by Overeem and kind of forced out of the cage because of my illness, it haunted me for a long time. Here I am and before it’s too late, I want to get back in the cage and have some fun with it. This is all about having fun.”
Although Lesnar vs. Hunt has been billed as a “one off” fight, the former heavyweight champ has not ruled out returning to the UFC after his fight this week. Many believe his future in the UFC depends on whether he wins or loses come Saturday July 11th.
Lesnar, who hasn’t fought in an MMA contest in about five years, is not delusional about his opponent Mark Hunt.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) July 3, 2016
Lesnar told the Fox Sports that his UFC 200 fight is a clash of styles stating the following.
“He’s a heavy hitter. I’m preparing to not take one of those shots. To answer that and to win this fight. Is he better than I am at stand up? Of course he is. Is he a better wrestler than me? Hell no. He’ll probably tell you that, too. That’s why we’re fighting. We’re going to see who the best man is with their disciplines on the night.”
Brock Lesnar is obligated to return to the WWE after his fight and he has made it clear that he doesn’t care whether they want him to fight in the UFC or not.
Sherdog reports that WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon told the media that they don’t support his return to the UFC.
“We are not supporting the fight necessarily but, again, it’s not a competitor to us and the more that our superstars, that’s how we refer to our talent, the more they do outside of WWE, the more awareness it generates and the broader the audience can be that is then brought back into our properties.” McMahon continues: “So we recognize the value of that.”
Lesnar stated during a UFC media conference call that he doesn’t care what Stephanie McMahon says, which may indicate that Lesnar has more autonomy over his cross-promotional activities than many believed.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 3, 2016
If Brock Lesnar is victorious at UFC 200, would a return to the octagon be too sweet to resist? Would he get another title shot? Sound off in the comments below.
[Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images]