The last time former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was in the octagon, he had just suffered a loss to Alistair Overeem and announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
Since his time away from the octagon, Lesnar has spent the last couple of years sproatically wrestling in the WWE, taking on its top talent and putting on “Match of the Year” performances. Yet that has not stopped the media from asking whether or not Lesnar will make a return to the octagon.
During the UFC 168 pre-fight press conference, a reporter asked UFC President Dana White if Lesnar was thinking about making a return to the octagon. White’s response was “I don’t know. I honestly don’t know.” Although the UFC President claimed he was unsure of Lesnar’s status with the UFC, the smile on his face has raised speculation of whether or not the former champion is indeed set on making a UFC return.
Lesnar was known for making a lot of money with and for the UFC during his run and if he were to return, he would probably generate similar, if not more revenue. That said, there is speculation that Lesnar could be performing at Wrestlemania XXX. That does not mean he could not make a return to MMA after, or even before, the event. Even when Lesnar was away from the UFC, White had wanted to book the WWE star against Fedor Emelianenko.
If Lesnar decided to return to the UFC, would it be more than just about money? Would he return for merely a paycheck, or would he want to build upon his UFC legacy?
In the event he does return, I think he should face the winner of the Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem match. With Mir, Lesnar would get a chance to finish a trilogy, while a bout with Overeem would give him an opportunity to avenge the loss against the man who beat him in his last fight.
Again this whole Lesnar situation is speculation. He said his match with Overeem was the last time fans would see him in the octagon, but as they say in the wrestling business “Never say never.”
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