Brock Lesnar’s loss at Wrestlemania over the weekend has many fans anticipating the announcement of his next UFC appearance.
For people who follow professional wrestling and MMA, it was only a matter of time before Brock Lesnar returned to the UFC. Even his announced retirement during suspension seemed very temporary. One dead giveaway that he was getting that itch to return was the sudden change his physique during the last year and half of his WWE appearances.
Everything seemed to come to a head when Lesnar showed up in the crowd of the Cormier vs. Miocic fight. That was back at UFC 226 in July 2018. After the fight’s abrupt conclusion resulting in Cormier standing victorious, Lesnar was immediately in the Octagon promoting what many assumed to be Cormier’s retirement bout. But the booking of that fight would have to wait until Lesnar completed his obligations with WWE.
Unfortunately WWE wasn’t exactly ready to take the title from Lesnar last summer. Fans would have to suffer through several more months of an absentee champion and predictable booking. But now the first hurdle is over. ‘The Beast’ has dropped the belt. The second obstacle, USADA, seems cleared as well. Lesnar has been in the USADA testing pool since last summer so that won’t be an issue when it comes to actually booking the fight. Now it’s down to the right number that would get Brock Lesnar back in the Octagon. And with Conor McGregor’s legal troubles possibly prolonging his absence from the sport, the UFC may try to convince Lesnar into taking a multi-fight deal.
As of right now, the UFC has not announced anything after International Fight Week. And with everyone basically booked, it would make sense for Cormier and Lesnar to meet for an August PPV. Cormier is urging Dana White to get the deal done, and you can’t blame him. But whatever you feel about the sporting merit of the fight, it feels like Cormier vs. Lesnar is inevitable at this point.