Brock Lesnar’s UFC Return In Doubt
There is doubt about a potential UFC return for Brock Lesnar.
Much has been made about Lesnar’s free agency status. Following WrestleMania 36 back in April, Lesnar’s deal with WWE ran out. Since the two sides couldn’t strike a new contract, Lesnar’s merchandise had to be pulled from the WWE Shop. This led many to speculate about the possibilities for the former UFC Heavyweight Champion.
While many have been fantasizing about the return of Lesnar against the likes of Stipe Miocic, Jon Jones, and Francis Ngannou, it may be wise not to hold your breath. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, UFC President Dana White shared his doubts.
“I don’t think Lesnar would come back again. Lesnar’s made a lot of money, and with his age and everything else, I just don’t see it happening. What’s a massive fight, if it ends up happening, is Adesanya versus Jones. I think that is more likely [than Lesnar-Jones].
“I always say fighting is a young man’s game. Brock came in here when nobody f—— thought he could, and look what he did. He became the Heavyweight Champion. He’s accomplished everything you need to accomplish. To come back and fight Jones, it would be all about the money, and money is one thing that guy doesn’t need.”
Lesnar last competed inside the Octagon back in July 2016. He initially nabbed a unanimous decision victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200. That result was changed to a No Contest after Lesnar failed a drug test. Officially, Lesnar hasn’t won a fight since July 3, 2010.
Still, Lesnar is a proven draw. Before Conor McGregor, “The Beast” was considered to be the biggest star in MMA at one point outside of Georges St-Pierre. Bellator President Scott Coker has expressed interest in speaking to Lesnar but if White’s hunch is correct, don’t count on seeing him return to MMA.