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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Articles tagged: Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar compares himself to Bo Jackson; Raiders, Jackson’s daughter respond

Brock Lesnar

The Oakland Raiders and Bo Jackson’s daughter would like to remind Brock Lesnar that he is not Bo Jackson.

Lesnar called himself “the modern-day Bo Jackson” in an ESPN SportsCenter interview on Monday, a reference to his prowess as a college wrestler, a pro wrestler, and a UFC fighter, not to mention an aborted attempt to make it in the NFL.

As you might imagine, this did not go over too well in certain circles. One of those disapproving was those behind his former NFL team’s Twitter account. Jackson played for the L.A. Raiders, and the Oakland Raiders Twitter account delivered a reminder that couldn’t possibly be coincidental.

Perhaps even better was the response of Jackson’s daughter Morgan, who was even more blunt in her response to Lesnar.

Lesnar is an extremely gifted athlete, and with his return to the Octagon, he’s going to promote himself, which is fine. But Bo Jackson was in a class of his own.

Josh Barnett mentioned as possible Brock Lesnar opponent

UFC 200 card

Brock Lesnar is officially making his return to the Octagon at UFC 200, but the UFC has not yet announced his opponent. That announcement could be coming on Monday evening, but that isn’t stopping many from speculating about his potential opponent.

For now, my money would be on Josh Barnett.

Ariel Helwani first reported news of Lesnar’s comeback a few hours before the UFC made it official. Later in the evening, Helwani specifically mentioned Barnett as a possibility for Lesnar.

Barnett also weighed in on Twitter:

Given how accurate Helwani was about the Lesnar news to begin with, I’d call this tweet a little more than informed speculation.

Barnett isn’t the only heavyweight on the UFC roster being talked about as a possible Brock Lesnar opponent. Todd Duffee wants a piece of Brock.

So does Shane Carwin:

Others mentioned as potential opponents for Lesnar include Mark Hunt, Big Nog and even Junior dos Santos. We should know who it is soon enough.

UFC 200 promo announces Brock Lesnar’s return to Octagon

Brock Lesnar

Hours after a report circulated that the UFC was close to finalizing a deal to have Brock Lesnar return to the Octagon and fight at UFC 200, the UFC made it official.

The promo the organization made for UFC 200 that they aired at UFC 199 in Inglewood on Saturday included a cool image of Lesnar at the very end. It’s obvious they just added it in to the end, meaning this was a new/late addition:

Lesnar’s opponent for UFC 200 has not been announced yet, but it will likely be announced in the coming days.

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Brock Lesnar WWE contract likely includes new UFC option

Brock Lesnar

News that Brock Lesnar will fight at UFC 200 left many wondering about his WWE contract and what kind of provision it has for him to fight in the UFC.

While we do not know the exact terms and language of it, we do have some insight.

What We Know:

Lesnar signed a three-year deal with the WWE on March 23, 2015. That would put him at 14.5 months into his contract.

At the time he signed his contract, Lesnar said he was still training for MMA and still very much had interest in a comeback. The UFC was trying hard to sign him and even doubled their offer to him according to Lesnar, but the superstar was not swayed.

What is Being Speculated:

Though Lesnar’s deal with the WWE is exclusive, he may have worked an option to fight in the UFC.

Front Row Brian is a very reliable source for all things MMA-related and floated that Lesnar was seeking more money from the WWE prior to WrestleMania 32 and used that as leverage to get the UFC option in his contract changed.

Would the WWE be upset about Lesnar fighting in the Octagon?

Lesnar made his fame in the WWE and then helped give the UFC a huge boost by fighting there, so there is little doubt which of the promotions gains more when he fights in MMA. However, the UFC has grown even more in the past four years since Lesnar last fought there, and they have their own fan base and ability to generate headlines. All this speculation means there will be a lot more interest in Brock’s next moves. The more buzz surrounding one of the WWE’s superstars is a good thing, as it should mean higher ratings/more intrigue for programming he appears on. And as our wrestling insider Big Daddy mentioned to us, the organizations could do some sort of WWE/UFC champion co-promotions and branding, which would benefit both companies.

Brock Lesnar UFC 200 opponent could be announced soon

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar has been toying with the idea of returning to the UFC on and off for the past several years, and it sounds like he may actually be making his return to the Octagon.

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported on Saturday that Lesnar is in negotiations with the UFC about fighting at UFC 200 on July 9. Helwani described it as the two sides being in “serious talks” and that they are “close to finalizing a deal.” Helwani also said that Lesnar’s opponent is not close to being finalized, but that might not be accurate. First off, they must have some potential opponents in mind considering the card date is only a month away.

Also, MMA insider Front Row Brian says the opponent may be revealed on Monday.

The report of Lesnar possibly fighting at UFC 200 led many to question the status of his contract with the WWE. Lesnar is in the second year of a three-year deal with the WWE.

Lesnar is one of the biggest draws in UFC history. The former UFC heavyweight champion began fighting in the Octagon in 2007 and claimed the heavyweight championship in his fourth professional fight when he beat Randy Couture in 2008. He successfully defended his title twice before losing two fights in a row and stepping away from the Octagon. He has not fought in the UFC since the end of 2011, when he lost to Alistair Overeem.

Lesnar battled diverticulitis at the time but has flirted with the idea of a return many times since. So while the report is surprising, it should not be entirely shocking.

Brock Lesnar: Ronda Rousey is ‘a man amongst women’

Brock Lesnar had some pretty high praise for Ronda Rousey on Tuesday, but some feel that what he said about the UFC women’s bantamweight champion was borderline offensive.

During an appearance on SportsCenter, Lesnar was asked about Rousey’s dominance and if she needs someone to step up and actually test her limits in a fight. Lesnar referred to Rousey as “a man amongst women,” which isn’t sitting well with everyone.

“She’s a super athlete in a weak division,” he said. “I think she is a man amongst women in the women’s division. I take my hat off to her. She’s doing an excellent job at what she’s doing. I don’t know how she’s juggling everything — movies, this, that, the other thing and going to Brazil and kicking butt over there. My hat’s off to you, Ronda.

“I’m not taking any talent away from her at all. I think she’s a super beast in the women’s division.”

Bethe Correia Ronda Rousey

We know Lesnar didn’t mean any of that as an insult. The point he was making is that there seems to be no one who can challenge Rousey right now. If you watch the video from Rousey’s last fight, you’ll know exactly what he means.

That said, people have a tendency to compare great female competitors to great male competitors just because they are great. Rousey would probably rather be looked at as a great female competitor who is just a better fighter among lesser competition.

Video via The Big Lead

Brock Lesnar once suplexed Chiefs player for cheap-shotting Daunte Culpepper

Brock Lesnar

Many years ago, long before he left the WWE to become the UFC heavyweight champion of the world, Brock Lesnar tried to make it as an NFL player. Lesnar famously tried out for the Minnesota Vikings during the preseason in 2004 and was cut before the season began. Though he did not make the team, he left behind quite the imprint.

Former Vikings wide receiver Nate Burleson related a story from training camp on NFL Network’s “Total Access” Monday about the time Lesnar suplexed an opponent for hitting his quarterback late.

“Somebody cheapshotted Daunte Culpepper late. Brock was like, ‘who did it?’,” Burleson recalled. “The next play, he went and suplexed the guy. He picked up a grown man after the play. It was a royal rumble — Minnesota vs. Kansas City in Mankato — during training camp. That was a nasty suplex on the football field.”

Here is video of the incident:

USA Today’s Tom Pelissero tells us that the incident was even more awesome than the video shows:

We’re guessing Lesnar earned a lot of respect from his teammates after defending Culpepper with a suplex. Those Chiefs probably started tip-toeing around him after that. Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of a dozen F5s the way John Cena was last year.

H/T r/SquaredCircle