Former WWE and UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is one of the most physically imposing and legitimate badass athletes in the world. According to the latest UFC rumors, The Beast is currently in negotiations to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) and fight at UFC 200 this coming July.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reported on Saturday that the UFC is close to finalizing a deal with Lesnar about a possible return fight at UFC 200. If both sides could agree on the details of the fight, the announcement of The Beast’s return inside the Octagon may be announced immediately.
It is a quite a surprise to learn that the 38-year-old is negotiating a fight while he is under contract with the WWE. He was very close to re-signing with the UFC last year but the WWE offered better money and scheduling.
However, Lesnar was very honest in telling Stone Cold Steve Austin in his podcast that he is open to returning to mixed martial arts. His MMA career was cut short due to a devastating case of diverticulitis that was life threatening.
“I felt robbed by diverticulitis. I felt robbed by being sick. I was feeling good and it took me a couple years to start feeling good. I’m at home, I’m working out, my life is great, everything’s in tune, my contract’s coming to an end with WWE, hey it’s been a great time but something’s missing,” Lesnar said. “I was upfront and totally honest with the company and told them I’m really thinking of pursuing getting back in the Octagon.”
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UFC 200 is considered the biggest event in the promotion’s history and adding someone like Lesnar will boost the chances of breaking pay-per-view records. UFC 100, headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir II, is still the most bought UFC PPV of all time.
According to Wrestle Zone, Lesnar has a clause in his current three-year contract with the WWE that allows him to negotiate with the UFC if a fight offer comes. During the UFC 200 promo video shown at UFC 199, Lesnar appeared at the final moments of the video that may mean that he really is coming back to MMA.
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