Dana White Confirms Brock Lesnar Is Returning to the UFC
Brock Lesnar is back.
The former heavyweight champion is returning to the UFC following the conclusion of his current contract with World Wrestling Entertainment that reportedly expires following his match at WrestleMania 34.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the news on Wednesday via “UFC Tonight”.
“Yeah, Brock Lesnar’s coming back,” White revealed. “I don’t know when but yes he is [coming back to the UFC].”
It’s blockbuster news for the UFC as Lesnar is not only a former champion but he’s been one of the biggest draws in the history of the sport with many of his fights pulling in huge numbers at the box office and on pay-per-view.
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Lesnar hasn’t competed since UFC 200 when he originally won a unanimous decision against Mark Hunt but that victory was overturned after the former champion tested positive for a banned substance after the event.
Lesnar was then suspended for one year for the UFC anti-doping policy infraction and he notified the organization that he was retiring from competition.
Obviously that retirement is coming to an end but Lesnar will still have to re-enter the drug testing pool for at least six months before being allowed to fight again. That six month waiting period will also allow Lesnar to serve the remainder of his suspension, which was paused when he retired from the sport.
Once Lesnar has cleared that hurdle, he will be free to book a fight in what will undoubtedly become one of the most talked about events in recent memory. Lesnar had flirted with a super fight against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones last year and former title contender Francis Ngannou has been asking for that matchup for the past few months.
No matter who he faces, Lesnar’s return will do huge business for the UFC as the 40-year old hulking heavyweight looks to resume his fighting career in the near future.