Dana White talks Brock Lesnar UFC return
Jon Jones made it look easy when he won the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 285 earlier this month, but how many more fights does “Bones” have before he retires from MMA competition?
Not that there is a lack of depth in the division, but the star power to sell pay-per-views could arguably be better.
Former champion Stipe Miocic seems to be next in line, and with former champion Francis Ngannou barred from the promotion, there aren’t too many household names in the division at this point.
Speaking with The Spun by Sports Illustrated reporter Justin Barrasso, UFC President Dana White talked about the possibility of former UFC heavyweight champ and WWE star Brock Lesnar making a return to the octagon.
Barrasso: “Jones’ next opponent is Stipe, but after that, there is not a clear-cut choice. As far-fetched as this may sound, is there any chance for Jones to have a heavyweight title fight against Brock Lesnar? I know Brock is 45 and hasn’t fought since 2016, but in terms of box office, that would be must-see.”
White: “Brock and I have a great relationship, and we always have, but I don’t think Brock wants to fight any more. Brock’s made a lot of money. He came into the UFC and won the heavyweight title. He’s got nothing left to prove. I don’t think he’d want to do it.”
Lesnar went 5-3 in professional mixed martial arts, winning the sport’s greatest title in 2008 when he defeated Randy Couture at UFC 91. He lost the title Cain Velasquez two years later. The WWE star returned to MMA in 2016 when he fought Mark Hunt at UFC 200, but has not fought since.
Whether Lesnar’s MMA days truly are behind him or not, a fight against Jones at heavyweight is one of those “what if” scenarios that fans will always wonder away.
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