On Saturday, it was announced that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar would be making a return to the Octagon at the promotion’s milestone event, UFC 200, later this summer. The former champ joined ESPN SportsCenter Monday morning and revealed his opponent and explained his decision to return to the company.
Lesnar, who left the company in 2011 after being diagnosed with diverticulitis, announced his retirement from MMA ahead of Wrestlemania 31 in 2015. However, his new contract with WWE, signed just before Wrestlemania 32 this year, stated he would be allowed one event with UFC, which explains why his No Holds Barred match with Dean Ambrose was short and, to the chagrin of fans in attendance, not that violent.
He said that his return to the company was not about money, but the simple fact that he felt healthy enough to make a return and wanted to prove to UFC and himself that he can still work in the Octagon.
“It’s very simple, nobody called me, it wasn’t anyone else’s idea, Dana didn’t pick up the phone because we need to fill a spot. It didn’t happen like that. I picked up the phone. It was me,” Lesnar explained after revealing he would face Mark Hunt at UFC 200.
“It’s been three months ago but it’s taken some time for things to play out but I just said ‘what are the chances of having Brock Lesnar on the card at UFC 200?’ and we got together. Obviously, I’m still under contract to WWE. You just go in and sit down and have a big blank conversation with the boss, Vince McMahon. It’s simple. It’s big business. It’s billionaire business and I’m big business so why the hell wouldn’t anybody want Brock Lesnar involved.”
It should be pretty interesting to see what the Beast Incarnate will be able to do on his return to the Octagon and then what role he will play at SummerSlam with WWE just a month later.
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