Will he or won’t he? Brock Lesnar left the UFC in July 2016 after beating Mark Hunt at UFC 200 to return to the WWE where he’s been ever since. “The Beast” hasn’t competed full-time in the octagon since 2011 when he was a title contender before losing to Alstair Overeem. Since then Lesnar has been in the main events of the WWE, usually defending a title.
Lesnar is scheduled to defend his WWE Universal Title against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 34 in April. After that his future is unclear. His contract is rumored to be running through August but it’s thought he will be dropping the title to Reigns in Orlando at Wrestlemania.
UFC President Dana White threw everyone a curveball when he put a picture of he and Lesnar on Instagram. The WWE’s pay per view, “Elimination Chamber” was in Las Vegas on Sunday. Lesnar did not appear but was rumored to be in Sin City meeting with White to talk about a possible return.
Lesnar struggled in his latter UFC fights as he battled not only some of the top heavyweights in the world. He also had to deal with diverticulitis which cost him a foot of his colon. Now that he’s healthy we could see Lesnar make one more run in the octagon. There were rumblings he would fight Jon Jones until Jones got popped by USADA last year. I think it’s more likely that we see Lesnar face some gatekeeper heavyweights like Stefan Struve and Chase Sherman before getting a fight with someone like Jones or heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic.
Since WME bought the UFC in 2016 ratings haven’t been very good and it seems there are shows every week headlined by guys who are barely in the UFC rankings. Conor McGregor stepped away for a while to pursue boxing and top stars like Dan Henderson, Ronda Rousey and Urijah Faber retired. Bellator raided stars like Chael Sonnen, “Rampage” Jackson, Ryan Bader, Benson Henderson, Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson leaving the UFC with less stars to put on even more shows. Since USADA came along we’ve seen Johny Hendricks, Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort and Jon Jones fade away. If the UFC wants to make a splash and bring back one of the biggest draws of all time in Lesnar, I don’t blame them at all. Not only would I take a picture with Lesnar, I’d also drive an armored truck full of cash and back it up to his back door. The UFC needs him now more than ever.