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Brock Lesnar interested in UFC comeback

Brock Lesnar shocked fight fans by attending UFC 146 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, sparking speculation that he might return to the octagon.

Lesnar, who hardly ever leaves his home, showed up ringside for the main event between Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir. His attendance prompted several inquiries from reporters at the postfight press conference about a possible comeback. UFC boss Dana White confirmed that Lesnar is interested in a comeback.

While Dana White was non-committal with his responses to questions, you could see he was open to having Lesnar back in the UFC. It’s easy to understand why; Lesnar is one of the top heavyweights in the world, and the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draw.

Lesnar has been wrestling for the WWE since saying he was retiring from MMA after losing to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 last December. Fighters frequently say one thing after they just got their heads beat in, but many of them tend to feel an itch to return to the sport several months later. It looks like that may have happened with Lesnar.

Brock Lesnar reportedly signs with WWE

With his MMA career seemingly over, Brock Lesnar is apparently returning to his wrestling roots.

Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reported that Lesnar is in Miami for WrestleMania 28 and that he has signed a one-year contract with the WWE.

“Lesnar has arrived in Miami [site of tomorrow's event] and arrived with security and a large group of people shielding him from everyone,” Meltzer wrote Saturday, per 5th Round.com. “This is the going story, but not confirmed, that Lesnar has signed a one year deal and will work a more than Undertaker and less than Goldberg type of schedule.”

Lesnar is still under contract with the UFC, but Ariel Helwani reports that president Dana White would not have a problem with it if Lesnar did sign with the WWE. Rumors of Lesnar’s return to the wrestling ring have swirled since the Undertaker showed up at UFC 121 to watch Brock’s loss to Cain Velasquez. As of last October, Lesnar said he believed he’d eventually return to the WWE.

Lesnar’s MMA career took a major hit when he became afflicted with diverticulitis and required intestinal surgery. He had lost his last two fights and said after his defeat to Alistair Overeem that he was retiring from the octagon.

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Alistair Overeem Knocks Brock Lesnar into Retirement, Cue the WWE Rumors

Alistair Overeem beat Brock Lesnar by first-round TKO in their UFC 141 fight in Las Vegas Friday night, leading to Brock’s announcement that he was retiring.

The fight went about the way I expected, and it ended exactly how Overeem predicted: with a hard leg kick to the liver. Lesnar was hesitant to shoot on Overeem and take to the fight to the ground where he’d have the advantage. The hesitation allowed Overeem to go to work with his striking and stand-up game.

Brock had no defense for Alistair’s Muay Thai knees and hard leg kicks which led to the stoppage. It was a kick straight to the liver that did all the damage, and Brock told Dana White after the fight that he thought he had a few broken ribs.

Lesnar has now lost two fights in a row since his fast rise to UFC Heavyweight Champion. He became UFC champ in just his fourth professional fight — an incredible feat. At 34 years old and recovering from intestinal surgery because of diverticulitis, Lesnar announced he was retiring from MMA. It’s likely he’ll make at least a few appearances in the WWE like he suggested in October.

Overeem will now face heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in what should be another exciting fight.

Brock Lesnar Hardly Knew Anything About Alistair Overeem Prior to Their Fight

Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem will meet Friday night in one of the most anticipated fights of the year. Overeem is a decorated fighter; he’s been a heavyweight MMA champion in Strikeforce and Dream, and he’s a K-1 kickboxing champ. He also hasn’t lost in his last 11 MMA fights dating back to 2007.

Even though The Reem was well known to fight fans across the world, Brock Lesnar was unfamiliar with him.

Kevin Iole writes at Yahoo! Sports that Brock didn’t know much about Alistair before agreeing to the fight. Lesnar apparently doesn’t pay much attention to MMA except when he’s fighting .

“I really didn’t look at people outside the UFC,” Lesnar said. “I’m not the kind of guy that sits around and ponders that kind of stuff. Obviously, this is a guy who is threatening. You don’t get into this company and get into this division if you’re not a threat. He’s a threat.”

Lesnar has learned much more about Overeem while preparing for the fight and respects him, but it’s just strange for fans, who follow stars like Alistair so closely, to hear that another prominent fighter didn’t know much about him. I guess it just shows us that some guys who fight aren’t fans. Maybe this attitude well serve Lesnar well in the fight. I think Overeem is a much better all around fighter and expect him to win.

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UFC on FOX: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos Fight Preview

This Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its FOX network television debut with Cain Velasquez (9-0, 7-0 UFC) putting his heavyweight title on the line against the challenger, Junior Dos Santos (13-1, 7-0 UFC). It’s going to be a great night for fight fans as this event will finish an hour before Manny Pacquiao is set to square off against Juan Manuel Marquez.

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect match-up for the first fight in the historic, seven-year partnership between FOX and the UFC, as these are two very special fighters entering the primes of their careers. I will break the action down in terms of each fighters’ strengths, the unknowns heading into the fight and the match-up, specific to one another. Finally, I will predict a winner.

Strengths

Velasquez has made a name for himself through his world-class wrestling ability, his other-worldly work ethic and cardio, and a developing, technically-sound kickboxing game. He is well above-average in his quickness wrestling and an above-average athlete for a heavyweight. He has finished eight out of the nine fights in his career through ground and pound and striking.

Velasquez was a two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State University and in the Octagon, he has man-handled the heavyweight division, demonstrating relentless take-downs, top control and ground and pound. His wrestling, in combination with his cardio, make him a bad match-up for any style of fighter because he can control whether the fight remains standing or on the ground. If he chooses to take the fight to the ground, he has almost no equal. He has used his wrestling to dominate Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo on the ground, and when he won the title against Brock Lesnar, he did so by keeping the fight standing.

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Brock Lesnar Thinks He’ll Wrestle Again in WWE

Before joining the UFC and becoming heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar was a superstar wrestler for the WWE. He recently signed an agreement to be included in their WWE 12 video game and says the association is an honor. Lesnar is so fond of the WWE that he envisions wrestling for the company again.

“I think I will [have one last WWE match],” Lesnar told Jon Robinson in an interview. “I think under the right circumstances I will. I think if Vince McMahon and I were able to sit down at the same dinner table and break some bread that we could come up with some kind of game plan. At the end of the day, I’m an ultimate fighter. That’s who I am and that’s who I’ll always be. I was an entertainer but at the end of the day, I’m still as real as it gets. I think a lot of things have to fall in the right places for something like that to happen.”

Wrestling fans are likely thrilled to read this. Brock has a major fight with Alistair Overeem in December and will likely face the Junior dos Santos-Cain Velasquez winner if he beats The Reem. Lesnar is 34 and has health problems, so it might not be too long before he returns to wrestling.

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Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem to Fight in UFC December 30th

Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem will fight in the UFC December 30th, the LA Times reported Tuesday afternoon. Overeem just signed a standard contract to fight in the UFC two months after leaving Strikeforce. We at LBS speculated three weeks ago that the two mega-stars could meet at UFC 140 and it looks like that is going to happen.

This is sure to be a blockbuster event that will be one of the most-watched UFC fights in history. It will take place on a Friday night at the MGM in Las Vegas. Dana White put it well, saying “This is the fight the fans want. Both of these guys are monsters. Can Lesnar take Overeem down?”

Overeem described the fight as a “dream matchup,” saying “Brock is a big name,” and “a dangerous guy.”

This will be Lesnar’s first fight since losing to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in Anaheim last October. Given his time off and the level of difficulty for his opponent, I’ll take Overeem.

The best part is that another blockbuster will be in the works. The Times says the winner will likely face the victor of the Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos fight. No matter how you look at it, the heavyweight division in the UFC just got a lot more exciting.