It was reported this past February that Brock Lesnar has retired from MMA (again), but according to pro-wrestling insider Paul Heyman, the heavyweight might just decide to step in the Octagon again.
Lesnar shocked the MMA world last year by announcing he was returning to the cage at UFC 200, for a fight with Mark Hunt. As you surely know, Lesnar won the fight via decision, but tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended for a year. Then, earlier in 2017, it was announced the pro-wrestling star had informed USADA and the UFC he was done with fighting.
“I really can’t tell you that it’s out of the realm of possibility of Brock Lesnar to say ‘I’m taking a few months off from WWE, I want to see how many home runs I can hit for the Minnesota Twins.’ People may laugh at that, but it’s the same people that laughed at him in 2004 when he went for the Vikings camp and he was the last person cut and that’s with a broken jaw, a fractured pelvis and diverticulitis. I think what’s next for Brock Lesnar besides what’s happening in WWE. Could it be UFC? Could it be another sport? I think it’s something he’s going to look at and say ‘I bet no one thinks I can do that, all right I’m going to conquer that’.”
Lesnar retired from MMA for the first time back in 2011, so, obviously we’ve already seen that it’s possible he could change his mind. But, Lesnar is turning 40 in July, and further, since he’s retired from MMA, his suspension was frozen. So, if the former champ decided he does want to fight again, Lesnar would have to let the UFC and USADA know approximately six months in advance (his retirement was announced in February, and his suspension was retroactive to last July).
One thing that is crystal clear is that the new UFC ownership group is looking to book as big of fights as possible, so if Lesnar decided he wants to compete again, they’d almost certainly grant his wish.