Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was one of the biggest pay-per-view draws the sport has ever seen and although there have been rumblings of a potential return as of late, it now looks like he may be returning sooner rather than later.
According to Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer via Bloody Elbow, “Lesnar has been asked to face the winner of the 7/7 Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier fight for the heavyweight title, which from a sports standpoint is ridiculous given that Lesnar hasn’t had a true UFC win since Shane Carwin in 2010 (his 2016 win over Mark Hunt was changed to a no contest when he tested positive for Clomiphene). But that would also be a money fight. As noted before, it’s going down to the wire. The idea for that fight is on 12/30 in Las Vegas, which means Lesnar needs to put himself back in the USADA testing pool by 6/30. If he does, it would not be a surprise for Lesnar to show up at the 7/7 UFC 226 show. I can tell you that while that is not decided on, it is something under discussion for him to show up and challenge the winner or them at least tease that.”
Obviously, as previously stated, with Ronda Rousey out of the picture and Conor McGregor’s return bout still up in the air, the UFC needs all of the stars it can get to help boost their PPV sales, which seem to be struggling as of late.
Lesnar, historically, was always a guy who could deliver on PPV, but is throwing him directly into a title bout the right thing to do?
In addition to the potential fight versus the Miocic/Cormier winner for Lesnar, there have also been some rumblings of a potential super fight against Jon Jones. But with Jones’ fate still undetermined following a failed drug test last year, it doesn’t really make sense to try to book that right now.
The stacked UFC 226 card is slated to take place on July 7th, 2018, and features a super fight between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier for Miocic’s heavyweight belt.
Also on the card is a bout for the featherweight title between champion Max Holloway and challenger Brian Ortega which should produce fireworks. Plus, an awesome heavyweight matchup between Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou which has zero chance of going the distance.