Eat, Sleep, Conquer and Repeat.
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) January 11, 2014
Eat, sleep and conquer was what Brock Lesnar did in his short stint with the UFC before an intestinal disorder called Diverculitis ended his MMA career in 2011. Lesnar returned to the UFC but last October, he told Stone Cold Steve Austin during Austin’s podcast that he was seriously considering a UFC return:
“I felt robbed by diverticulitis. I felt robbed by being sick. I was feeling good and it took me a couple years to start feeling good. I’m at home, I’m working out, my life is great, everything’s in tune, my contract’s coming to an end with WWE, hey it’s been a great time but something’s missing. I was up front and totally honest with the company and told them I’m really thinking of pursuing getting back in the Octagon.”
Lesnar however, decided to re-sign with the WWE. But as it is now, the former UFC Heavyweight champion is about to add “repeat” to his UFC career-even if it may be a one-shot deal only.
As announced by the UFC during Saturday’s UFC 199 broadcast, Brock Lesnar will be returning at UFC 200. Although UFC President Dana White earlier denied the report via ESPN:
The WWE proudly announced it in its Twitter account and official website:
— WWE (@WWE) June 5, 2016
Wrote the WWE in its website:
“Brock Lesnar remains under contract to WWE, however, he has been granted a one-off opportunity to compete at UFC 200. Following this milestone event on July 9, Brock will return to WWE for Summer Slam on Sunday, August 21, live on WWE Network.”
According to reports, Lesnar’s opponent will be known on Monday. However, it’s been confirmed that Lesnar’s bout will have co-main event status.
Lesnar’s return gives the embattled UFC a much needed boost after Conor McGregor was booted out of the event. Lesnar is considered as the UFC’s biggest PPV draw ever. It can be recalled that UFC 100 which was top billed by Lesnar’s win over Frank Mir owns the UFC record as highest grossing PPV event of All-Time with 1.6M buys. McGregor’s UFC 196 and 194 follow next at 1.5M and 1.2M buys respectively. Aside from UFC 100, Lesnar’s title winning appearance at UFC 91 and his second title defense at UFC 116 also topped 1M PPV buys.
Dana White and the UFC promised that UFC 200 would be the biggest event in the promotion’s history. We thought it would be McGregor who would do that for the UFC. It turns out, the UFC is turning to its original PPV King to deliver yet another brock-buster of an event.
Like it or not, here comes the pain…again.