It should come as no surprise that UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt isn’t exactly pleased to hear that former opponent Brock Lesnar will be awarded a shot at the UFC heavyweight championship when he makes his return to the Octagon.
Brock Lesnar appears to be taking his return to the UFC very seriously. It has been reported by Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer that Lesnar has been pulled from WWE Raw to focus on his return to the UFC Octagon.
You can go ahead and add Nick Diaz (26-9-0) to the list of people upset at the prospect of Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC for an immediate shot at Daniel Cormier’s heavyweight title.
The 34-year-old Stockton native aired his feelings on the subject in an expletive filled outburst on his Instagram account on Friday, explaining that he feels embarrassed for both Cormier and the sport as a whole.
In one of the more surprising call outs in recent times, Diaz declared that he should be the one to face Cormier for the belt, not Lesnar.
International fight week has lived up to expectations once again, we had two great UFC events as two more fighters won The Ultimate Fighter, and the coaches went head to head to decide who would become the baddest man on the planet and obtain the UFC heavyweight title. In this article, I’m going to take you through some of the key highlights of the week and I plan on making this a weekly article to keep everyone updated on whats going on in the world of MMA.
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.