Dana White Claims Brock Lesnar Interested in Returning to the UFC
According to UFC president Dana White, former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE star, Brock Lesnar, is interested in fighting in the UFC again.
During yesterday’s ‘The Time is Now’ mega pres conference featuring many of the UFC’s biggest stars, White was asked about the ultra-popular Lesnar and the odds of him returning. Here’s what he had to say:
“Brock Lesnar’s under contract with the WWE. We have a great relationship with him. He’s healthy and he has said that he’s interested in fighting again. We’ll see what happens.”
The WWE currently holds Lesnar’s contractual rights, which is believed to expire after Wrestlemania 31 on March 29th, 2015.
Brock Lesnar is currently 37-years-old, and apparently the healthiest he’s been in years after his battles with Diverticulitis.
Lesnar made his UFC debut in February of 2008 at UFC 81 against Frank Mir. He was on his way to winning the fight, laying a beating on a grounded Mir, until referee Steve Mazzagatti penalized Lesnar for what he claimed were illegal punches to the back of the head of Mir.
Shortly after being stood up from the foul, Mir went on to submit Lesnar. Lesnar would go on to defeat Heath Herring in his next fight, at UFC 87, by a dominant decision.
The UFC then granted Lesnar the heavyweight title shot against champion Randy Couture, at UFC 91, a fight that was one of the most anticipated heavyweight title fights in UFC history.
Lesnar dropped Couture with a punch and followed up with some hammer-fist on the ground to dethrone Couture and capture the UFC heavyweight title.
Lesnar then got his rematch with Mir at the massive UFC 100 event on July 11th, 2009 in Las Vegas Nevada. Lesnar absolutely decimated Mir and finished him in the second round.
Lesnar would go on to defend his title against Shane Carwin at UFC 116. Lesnar was in trouble near the end of the first round with Carwin standing over him laying some vicious ground-and-pound on him. However, Lesnar survived the onslaught and shocked the world with an arm-triangle choke submission victory over Carwin.
Lesnar lost the title in his next fight, against current UFC heavyweight champion. Cain Velasquez, at UFC 121.
After being absent from the Octagon for 14-months, dealing with his illnesses, Lesnar returned to face Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, a fight that saw Lesnar crumble from knees and punches to the body from Overeem.
Brock Lesnar announced his retirement from MMA after the fight.
There’s been speculation of Lesnar’s UFC return multiple times the past couple of years. Some believe the speculation was created by the UFC to get their fans hyped, and to draw intrigue from casual MMA fans.
Is this another one of those instances? Or is Brock Lesnar really interested in making another run for the UFC heavyweight title? Only time will tell.