Lesnar making return to Octagon at UFC 200

June 5, 2016

Brock Lesnar will be returning to the UFC and is slated to fight a yet to be named opponent on July’s UFC 200 card.  The WWE has given Lesnar permission to fight on the card despite being under contract with the UFC.

This UFC promo during the 199 PPV made the news official:

It appears that his opponent will be announced this Monday on ESPN.

Payout Perspective:

This seems like a risky move for the WWE since Lesnar will be fighting one month before the company’s second-biggest event of the year, Summerslam.  You might recall it was in LA a couple years back that Lesnar made his decision to re-sign with the WWE despite entertaining an offer with the UFC.  Apparently, the WWE is fine with the risk.  And you can say that the UFC is fine with the risk as well.  You might recall that Lesnar’s final fights were less than stellar.  Of course, there was an injury Lesnar was going through at the time but he is older and has not fought since December 2011 when he was stopped by Alistair Overeem.  Lesnar was not even in one of the featured main events at Wrestlemania this past year and he has no story lines actively going with the WWE thus far.

9 Responses to “Lesnar making return to Octagon at UFC 200”

  1. tops E on June 5th, 2016 3:12 AM

    Hahaha…desperate times…hahahaha….no more time to include mc gregor but can accomodate lesnar? he did not go to the press con….hahaha

  2. What the !!! on June 5th, 2016 6:13 AM

    The UFC is turning into a freak show. Let’s see Brock get past USADA.

  3. Fight Fan on June 5th, 2016 7:14 AM

    I was a big fan of Lesnars back in the day but this is just dangerous.

  4. What the !!! on June 5th, 2016 11:11 AM

    To be honest, it’s a pretty clever move. Freak shows sell. But how in the world is a fake wrestler with 0 credentials in any legit martial art gonna last a round against an MMA fighter? I will be interesting to see a natural Lesnar facing an MMA fighter.

  5. fight fan on June 5th, 2016 11:42 AM

    What the !!!, you do know that lesnar fought multiple times years ago in the ufc and has a strong college wrestling background? Lesnar has some credentials, but he is not as young as he once was.

  6. tops E on June 5th, 2016 12:28 PM

    Hlwani should just put more news regarding the ufc sale(zuffa has alarming silence on this matter- bringing lesnar means ppv of 200 is projected to be lower than what they expected) since he got kicked out because of lesnar article….

  7. Gil on June 5th, 2016 1:25 PM

    Smart move to try to save 200 I guess. But yea seems like a desperate one and done freak show fight.

  8. What the !!! on June 5th, 2016 3:29 PM

    College wrestling is as good as nothing and 6 years ago when Brock last competed USADA wasn’t testing for roids as seriously as it’s doing now. I’m not sure what to think, actually. Would I watch it? Probably not.

    But this decision shows just how two-faced the UFC and its fans are. In the past 6 years they’ve been bashing wrestling for being “fake” but now that the MMA cashcows have been milked dry, they’re hiring wrestlers to keep MMA going. It is a desperate move and I don’t think it will work.

  9. mmaguru on June 6th, 2016 7:11 AM

    Lesnar is a bandaid on a lackluster UFC 200 card. Don’t get me wrong, from a fight fan perspective, this card rocks. But from a casual eyeball demo, it lacked anything enough to get over the 1 million buy hump. Hard to say what affect Lesnar will have on the event, but I would think it can now tip the 1 million mark. Will it get to 1.5 million with out MacG?

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