Speaking on UFC Tonight yesterday, president Dana White confirmed the news that former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is set to make his UFC return.
When asked by Daniel Cormier if the WWE star would be returning to the UFC, White confirmed that Lesnar would indeed be back.
“Yeah, Brock Lesnar’s coming back.” White said. “I don’t know when, but yes he is.”
Lesnar hasn’t appeared in the octagon since UFC 200 where he earned a unanimous decision victory over veteran heavyweight Mark Hunt. Shortly after the event, it was announced that Lesnar had failed both in competition and out of competition drugs tests, with the WWE star being handed a one year suspension and a fine.
Having announced his retirement from MMA in February 2017, Lesnar’s suspension was effectively paused and so will need to be completed before he would be eligible to return to action. The 40-year-old will also need to complete a mandatory six months of drugs testing under USADA rules before being allowed to fight again. With his WWE contract expected to end after his appearance at Wrestlemania 34 this Sunday, it is looking increasingly likely that we will see Lesnar return to the UFC before the year is out.
A little less then on week away from UFC 223, top lightweight headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov appears to get into a heated confrontation with long time friend and teammate of Conor Mcgregor, Artem Lobov.
Could this be personal issues between the two? Is it possibly Artem sticking up for Conor in some way? Or is it Khabib trying to lure Conor into a fight in the near future? We will surely find out once someone that speaks Russian can provide translated subtitles to the video, as the pair seem to be arguing in their native language.
Take a look at the full video (courtesy of MMANYT) of the spat below and let us know what you think…
The UFC just added an important light heavyweight battle to their maiden trip to Chile.
Former light heavyweight title challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir (15-2-0) will square off with MMA legend and future UFC hall of famer, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (25-10-0) at UFC Fight Night 127.
Oezdemir hasn’t fought since being stopped by Daniel Cormier two minutes into the second round of their title fight at UFC 220. A win over former champion Shogun will help the 28-year-old Swiss knockout artist move on from the disappointing outcome against Cormier which snapped his five fight win streak and put a temporary hold on his title aspirations.
Brazilian veteran Shogun’s last outing was more than a year ago at UFC Fight Night 106 where he picked up a third round TKO victory over Gian Villante. The victory last March moved Shogun’s win streak to three fights. A decisive victory over Oezdemir would catapult the 36-year-old up the rankings and position him for one final push to regain the light heavyweight championship he lost to Jon Jones at UFC 128.
Is Anderson The Spider Silvas legacy tainted?The question many MMA fans keep asking themselves after dominating the UFC for so many years, setting record after record. At one point, he held the record for the most consecutive title defenses for almost 5 years, the most consecutive wins at 16 – a record he still holds onto today but a series of failed drug test have raised the question, is his legacy tainted?
Once viewed as the greatest of all time by many people for many years, The Spider lost his middleweight belt in a huge upset knockout loss to Chris Weidman. The Brazilian came back for a rematch where his leg kick was checked, subsequently breaking his leg.
After being absent for a while to recover, Anderson came back at UFC 183 to fight Nick Diaz, which is where the failed drug tests started. He failed a test for an anabolic steroid, but many came up with the idea that it was just to heal his leg, and the fans gave him the benefit of the doubt. Then after fights with top middleweights Michael Bisping an Derek Brunson, he was scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum. The fight was scratched the first time for a failed drug test (marijuana), so the fight was rescheduled. In the following November, Silva was pulled due to a potential anti doping violation. February 2018, it was released that the once champion had failed with synthetic anabolic steroid in his system from a USADA sample taken back in November, which now has us where we are now.
Some say Silva is still one of the greatest, at the same time others look at him as a cheater an feel that his legacy is tainted along with his records. Will the once long reigning middleweight champion and UFC legend ever be able to save his career or is it forever tainted?