Last July, in the co-main event of the stacked UFC 200, former UFC heavyweight champion and long-time WWE star Brock Lesnar made a return to the Octagon after a hiatus of many years. He did so against Mark Hunt for a substantial $2.5 million payday.
Lesnar would win this fight, relying on his wrestling to capture a dominant unanimous decision win. Unfortunately, he tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene shortly thereafter, and his win over Hunt was overturned.
Given that Lesnar’s UFC 200 return had been labelled a “one-off” from the get-go, the possibility of his taking another fight in the Octagon seemed unlikely. When he tested positive and was dealt a suspension, the chances of the 40-year-old returning to the cage for another fight seemed almost non-existent.
“I DOUBT IT,” UFC PRESIDENT WHITE TOLD TMZ OF ANOTHER LESNAR COMEBACKBACK IN DECEMBER. “I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER HE’S GOT WITH WWE. I THINK HIS CAREER IS WINDING DOWN. BUT HE’S A FREAK OF NATURE, SO WHO KNOWS? MAYBE HE’LL GIVE ME A CALL AND SAY HE WANTS TO DO IT AGAIN, BUT I THINK HE’S READY TO RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET.”
Yet according to a report from Twitter user @Talk_MMA, who has broken his share of big news in the past, a Lesnar return to the Octagon is “imminent.”
Paul Heyman and Brock were at the UFC HQ during IFW. Had a meeting with the UFC brass. Brock’s return is eminent. Most likely at MSG on Nov4
— #Dizz © (@TalkMMA) July 19, 2017
Lesnar was suspended for one year after his failed test. Because that suspension was retroactive to July 15, 2016, he is now eligible to compete again.
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This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 7/18/2017.