UFC fans might remember a former NCAA wrestler by the name of Brock Lesnar, he was sort of a big deal for the company. Lesnar bowed out of the UFC once due to health concerns, then flirted with a return before signing a three year deal with the WWE.
Well don’t call it a comeback, literally because nothing is official yet, but Lesnar is rumored to be in heavy negotiations with UFC to return at the historic UFC 200 event.
Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting first reported the news claiming the former Heavyweight Champion has been in talks with Danna White and company for a few months now.
While an opponent has yet to be determined, *cough* Shane Carwin *cough*, Lesnar has been training for his return to the octagon following WrestleMania 32 back in early April. By no means does this spell an end to his WWE tenure, rather it seems like WWE is willing to work alongside UFC to promote this fight and the rest of the card for UFC 200.
I’m not 100% sure what PPV numbers have looked like outside of events headlined by Connor McGregor, but for Dana to reach into this bag of tricks has me curious if they are worried about UFC 200 not living up to the hype they’ve put on it.
We’ve already seen the main event be replace due to issues with McGregor and management. I’m left wondering if White and company are worried that Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier 2 won’t bring the same numbers that McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2 was likely to bring.
Another aspect of Lesnar coming back to compete in UFC while still signed to WWE is how Lesnar’s physique will look. I’m sure WWE is willing to look the other way when it comes to certain testing with Lesnar, but the strict testing that goes on in UFC these days might end up making WWE look bad if Lesnar messes up.
Whatever the case maybe it’s going to be interesting to see just who UFC put in the octagon with Lesnar if it goes that far.