Lesnar returned to UFC 226 last night, causing mass speculation about his future in WWE.
Over the past year, rumors have been circulating about current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar returning to the octagon and going back to the UFC. During last night’s UFC 226 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lesnar made an appearance and entered the Octagon after the main event fight which saw Daniel Cormier win the UFC Heavyweight Championship from Stipe Miocic.
Lesnar began his career in UFC in 2008 when it was announced they have agreed to a deal. Within three fights, Lesnar became the UFC Heavyweight Champion at UFC 91 after defeating Randy Couture via TKO. Lesnar held on to the title for almost two years until Cain Velasquez defeated him at UFC 121. After another loss, Lesnar made his return to WWE the post-Wrestlemania edition in 2012.
Lesnar has been a member of WWE since 2012 and has appeared on a part-time schedule, only wrestling a select number of pay-per-view events. In the past few years, Lesnar has wrestled exclusively at “Big 4 events” (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam, Survivor Series).
In 2016, Lesnar made a “one-off” return to the octagon for UFC 200 and faced off against Mark Hunt, who he defeated by unanimous decision. The result was changed to a no contest after it was revealed five days later that Brock Lesnar violated the USADA’s anti-doping policy by testing positive for Clomiphene. Lesnar was fined $250,000 and was suspended for one full year. Lesnar decided to retire from the UFC halfway through the suspension, which took his name out of the USADA testing pool and freezing his suspension.
Dana White confirmed after the event that Lesnar has re-entered the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test pool. This means Lesnar will serve the final six months of his suspension and be eligible to fight by January 2019.
Lesnar is ready to challenge UFC Double Champion Daniel Cormier for the Heavyweight Championship once his suspension is over. Lesnar shoved Cormier after entering the octagon and said “I walked into this building and watched the Heavyweight disasters from the beginning. Ngannou’s a piece of s–t, Miocic, the piece of s–t, DC, I’m coming for you motherf—-r.”
WWE tweeted out their article about the Universal Champion’s return to UFC and Lesnar’s on-screen advocated Paul Heyman also tweeted out after the event.
First of all, profound #RESPECT for @dc_mma, achieving his lifelong dream and cementing his legacy in @UFC. On a completely different note, just for the record … ahem …. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROCK LESNAR!!! #UFC226 @WWE #UniversalChampion @BrockLesnar
Your Humble #Advocate https://t.co/BhcQhMPNhv
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) July 8, 2018
Noticeably missing from Lesnar’s appearance was the Universal Championship that he has held since Wrestlemania 32 where he defeated Goldberg. It appears as if this was more than a publicity stunt and could spell the end of Brock Lesnar in WWE. Lesnar could drop the belt at Summerslam or WWE could decide to have Money in the Bank winner Braun Strowman cash in on him before Lesnar’s USADA suspension officially ends.