It seems like both yesterday and 100 years ago that Brock Lesnar made his triumphant UFC return after being away from the sport for nearly five years, then coming back and beating top 10 heavyweight Mark Hunt. There have been multiple rumblings of his return including a Jon Jones call out, but nothing has happened yet. All that may start to change in April of this year, when Brock Lesnar’s contract with the WWE is up. He’ll have some fine print that keeps him locked until the Fall, but then he’ll be clear to pursue other business opportunities. …Including a UFC return.
“According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Brock Lesnar’s contract ends right after WrestleMania, but there are aspects in the contract that could keep him with WWE through August. Lesnar would need Vince McMahon’s approval to do a UFC fight. Dana White this past week indicated that he believed Lesnar would fight in UFC in 2018, and McMahon did give his approval for the Mark Hunt fight in 2016.” — Larry Csonka of 411Mania.
…are you ready for the comeback of “The Beast”? pic.twitter.com/oVKFPnrSl9
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) January 20, 2018
Complications this year prevented a potential return to the Octagon. There were talks of fighting Jon Jones, but his anti-doping violation through a wrench into the superfight. Brock Lesnar was dealing with a suspension himself stemming from two failed tests, which would have put him eligible to return to MMA by Summer 2017. However, back in February of last year he notified the UFC of his retirement. Therefore if he would decides to return, which Dana White said himself he likes the odds on, he’d need six months entered into the USADA program in order to fight for the UFC. Pending the answer to Jon Jones’ fate, we still may be able to see this clash of titans.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/25/2018.