Former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar will surprisingly make his Octagon return at July 9’s UFC 200 event, and it will be far from a tune-up bout when he steps into the cage against No. 8-ranked Mark Hunt after nearly five years off.
Lesnar (5-3) was last seen announcing his retirement from the sport after suffering a first round TKO loss at the hands of current title challenger Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in December of 2011.
Now ‘The Beast’ is set to make his highly-anticipated return to MMA, and in a recent interview with his WWE mouthpiece Paul Heyman, Lesnar revealed the details leading up to his UFC return:
“Why? I guess because I want to, that’s why,” Lesnar said. “And that’s the only reason anybody should do anything, right? Because you want to.
“I’m a big believer in living out your dreams and facing your fears and just facing the reality of I don’t want to be sitting 20 years from now saying, ‘You know what son, you should have done that.’ On the biggest stage of all, I was on UFC 100, so why not be on UFC 200?”.
Lesnar feels like he has a statement to make and will put 1,000% into his MMA return, as well as revealing that it was not UFC President Dana White who made the call for him to return, but rather himself who initiated the negotiations for a return.
How do you feel Lesnar will do upon his Octagon return against the surging Australian knockout-artist Hunt? Will he be victorious, or will he suffer the same fate Frank Mir did in March?
You can watch Lesnar’s full interview with the always-entertaining Heyman right here: