Over the past year, the UFC’s star power has suffered tremendously, mostly due to two of those big name stars dealing with personal issues outside the octagon in Jon Jones, and Conor McGregor, and other pieces of that puzzle, Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar having success in the sports entertainment world.
Speaking of Lesnar, many MMA fans are anxiously awaiting his return to the sport, more specifically the UFC.
In case you didn’t know by now, or are still stuck in that huge black hole of the times, Brock Lesnar could indeed be on his way back to the UFC.
For UFC President Dana White, this is a glorious time, simply because should Lesnar return to the organization as predicted, he will get one of his biggest pay-per-view drawing fighters in UFC history back after leaving the sport approximately two years ago.
Lesnar, who currently is the reigning WWE Universal Champion, is scheduled to defend his belt later this summer at Summerslam, the WWE’s second most marquee event behind Wrestlemania, after a controversial yet successful title defense against arch nemesis Roman Reigns in a steel cage match in April.
It’s been long rumored Lesnar’s contract with WWE is set to expire after the summer wraps up, which many have speculated including Dana White himself that the former UFC Heavyweight Champion will make his much anticipated return to the company.
These rumors first came to light after White posted a photo of he and Lesnar together in Las Vegas on his Instagram page back in February.
The rumors gained more steam last summer after Jon Jones recaptured the UFC Light Heavyweight Title in the trilogy against Daniel Cormier, he proceeded to call out out Lesnar for a super fight in his post fight interview once hearing the news about Lesnar’s potential return to the UFC.
“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the Octagon,” Jones said.
Among seeing this, immediate buzz was created from UFC fans now yearning for this fight happen.
Unfortunately for now, they’ll simply have to chalk it up as a fantasy, as Jones is on the brink of getting a long suspension from USADA coming off another drug test failure, and Lesnar technically still serving a one year suspension from USADA. Another possible option for Brock should he return to the organiztion, is recent UFC heavyweight title contender Francis Ngannou, who openly expressed his desire to welcome him back into the octagon.
White agreed that he and Lesnar would be a very intriguing bout to make.
“(Ngannou)’s a fine fight, absolutely,” White said. “There’s a lot of options. Jon Jones is very interested in Brock Lesnar and Brock is very interested in Jon Jones.”
In the end, despite all that’s transpired between Jones and Lesnar, White remains relatively positive that should things swing the right way in either man’s favor, he’d more than willing to put the fight together as he told TMZ Sports this past weekend.
“Oh yeah,” White said. “Lesnar vs. [Jones]? They both want it. It’s a fun fight.”