Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar may be set for a return to MMA, if the rumors are to be believed. The 286-pound man currently has a contract with the WWE where he is their Universal champion, but he could lose that belt at SummerSlam, which would pave the way for him to return to the sport. If he does choose to return to the UFC, the earliest he could appear is in six months time. Lesnar retired from the sport back in January which means in order to make a comeback he has to go enter a testing pool for a six month period. If the American chooses to do that sooner rather than later, we may see him in the octagon in early 2018.
Lesnar May Have to Earn Shot at Miocic First
The UFC heavyweight title is currently held by Stipe Miocic, who won the belt when he defeated Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 with a KO in the first round. Since then, he has defended his crown twice with wins coming over Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos. A challenger to Miocic in the near future could be the Netherlands’ Stefan Stuvre, who must get past Alexander Volkov in September, in a contest where he is +133 in the Mixed Martial Arts bets to triumph. Lesnar would need to get past a number of the contenders, such as Stuvre, in the hot division before earning a shot at Miocic’s title.
Twelve-Month Suspension Has Been Served
It has been 12 months since we last saw Lesnar in the Octagon. He made a return after almost five years out of the sport at UFC 200 where he initially beat Mark Hunt to improve his record to 6-3. That decision though got overturned as he later tested positive for clomiphene. As a result of that failed drugs test, Lesnar was given a 12-month suspension from the UFC, a sentence he has now served.
Nine Years Since Lesnar Last Won The Heavyweight Title
Lesnar really made a name for himself in the UFC when he won the heavyweight title back in 2008 at UFC 91. With just three fights under his belt at the time, he ended Randy Couture’s reign as champion with a TKO victory following a combination of punches in the second round. He was then able to successfully defend his title with wins coming over Frank Mir and Shane Carwin. Sadly for the man from South Dakota, his run ended when Cain Velasquez surprised him in the first round at UFC 121 to take his crown from him. Over 12 months later, Lesnar was beaten again by Alistair Overeem which put him in retirement from the sport.
Lesnar Has Gone On To Dominate WWE
The former UFC champion first made his debut in the WWE in 2002 and he quickly became a huge force, winning the WWE Championship at SummerSlam of that year. In 2012 Lesnar made a return to the WWE where once again he became a destructive force. At Wrestlemania XXX he ended the Undertaker’s streak at the flagship event where he became the first man to defeat the legend within wrestling at the biggest annual pay-per-view of the year. Since then, he has become the WWE Universal champion, his fifth title with the brand. His latest spell could come to an end following SummerSlam though, where he then may enter the six-month testing pool which would free him up to fight in the UFC in early 2018.