The Brock Lesnar comeback to the UFC is happening with the former heavyweight champion returning to mixed martial arts with a bout at UFC 200 in Las Vegas next month, according to an announcement made during UFC 199 on Saturday night.
This will eventually ends Lesnar’s retirement as he is set to join the mixed martial arts action at UFC 200 on July 9.
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Brock Lesnar, who will be turning 39 next month, hasn’t fought since 2011 when he fell by TKO to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 and promptly announced his retirement from fighting afterwards.
Lesnar at WWE
Brock Lesnar has been part of the WWE, where he re-established himself as one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling.
Last March, Lesnar signed a new deal with WWE and said he was closing the door on his mixed martial arts career for good, according to Fox Sports.
“It was a very hard decision for me. The fighter inside of me wants to compete… So I’m here to say that my legacy in the Octagon is over,” Lesnar said at the time.
No Opponent Yet
While talks are progressing well between Lesnar and the UFC, an opponent for Lesnar isn’t close to being finalized. It is unclear at this time who is under consideration, MMA Fighting reports.
UFC president Dana White said in 2012 that they were close to booking Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko at Cowboys Stadium, but that deal ultimately fell through after Emelianenko’s father passed away, according to White.
The UFC tried to re-sign Lesnar last year as his WWE contract was expiring, but Lesnar chose to return to WWE instead.
Biggest Pay Per View Stars in UFC
Lesnar is considered one of the biggest pay-per-view stars in UFC history. He set records during his eight-fight MMA career between stints as a professional wrestler.
He won his heavyweight title by stopping Randy Couture. He defended the belt at the record-setting UFC 100 in 2009.