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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Report: Brock Lesnar to retire from MMA

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar’s heavily anticipated return to the UFC looks like it will not be happening.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto reported on Tuesday that an often-teased Lesnar return to the octagon will not be taking place. Okamoto even shared a quote from Dana White, who told him Lesnar is retiring from MMA.

There has been talk for over a year about Lesnar returning to the UFC, with him reportedly targeting a fight against Daniel Cormier. Lesnar even hinted at an MMA return during his appearance at WrestleMania earlier this month.

The 41-year-old WWE Superstar last fought in the UFC in 2016. He won a unanimous decision over Mark Hunt, but the result was overturned due to a positive test for a banned substance. His improbable rise in the UFC included beginning his career 5-1, with victories over Shane Carwin, Frank Mir and Randy Couture. He incredibly captured the UFC heavyweight championship in only his fourth career fight and then impressively defending it twice before losing to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in 2010.

During his MMA career, Lesnar dealt with health issues such as diverticulitis, was suspended for a positive drug test, and retired twice. This would be his third — and potentially his last — retirement.

Brock Lesnar losing at WrestleMania hints at likely UFC return

Brock Lesnar

The way Brock Lesnar was handled and lost at WrestleMania on Sunday points to a likely UFC return for the heavyweight fighter.

Lesnar and Seth Rollins took on each other early at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium. Rollins ended up winning the singles match for the WWE Universal Championship in just 2:30 — a very short match.

Not only was it somewhat of a surprise for Lesnar to have lost, but to also be involved in a match so early in the card rather than as a main event signified a likely change. On top of that, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman said something about Lesnar heading to Las Vegas where he would be appreciated. That seemed to hint at Lesnar going to the UFC, which often holds fights in Vegas.

There were talks about Lesnar potentially fighting Daniel Cormier going back to last year. Earlier this week, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani said Lesnar and Cormier might be fighting in August. Brock’s brief WrestleMania appearance seems to point towards a future UFC fight.

Brock Lesnar’s face at Royal Rumble gets meme treatment

Brock Lesnar face

Brock Lesnar made a crazy face at the Royal Rumble on Sunday night that got the meme treatment.

Lesnar beat Finn Balor for the WWE Universal Championship, forcing Finn to tap out in their match. As Lesnar was going for the submission, he yanked Balor’s arm back and gave a crazy face to sell the moment. His eyes and mouth wide open made for an incredible image:

You don’t want those crazy eyes looking at you like that.

Report: Brock Lesnar in talks to attend UFC 226, fight Miocic-Cormier winner

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar could find himself back in the Octagon again before long.

Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reported on Friday (via Bloody Elbow) that the 40-year-old superstar is in talks to make an appearance at UFC 226. Meltzer also adds that Lesnar has been asked to fight the winner of the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier bout, which will headline the July 7 pay-per-view event. Meanwhile, December 30 in Las Vegas is being floated as a possibility for that potential Lesnar return, which would be for the heavyweight title.

Lesnar still has six months to serve of the one-year suspension he incurred by testing positive for a banned substance when he fought Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in 2016 (the clock stopped when he retired from mixed martial arts for a second time last year). Thus, Lesnar would have to re-enter the USADA testing pool by June 30 to put the above events into motion.

We know that Lesnar recently expressed interest in fighting in the UFC again, albeit against a different opponent. Seeing as he’s one of the biggest box-office draws in the game, it would certainly make sense on a lot of different fronts.

Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones ‘very interested’ in fighting one another

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones may both be searching for redemption inside the Octagon in the near future, so it makes sense that UFC president Dana White would explore avenues to kill two birds with one stone in what would likely be one of the most watched PPVs of all time.

White told TMZ over the weekend that Lesnar still wants to return to the UFC, and we all know that is the goal for Jones.

“Brock’s WWE deal is up at the end of the summer I think, and I know he wants to fight,” White said. “I’m sure we’ll end up getting that figured out.”

When asked specifically who he would like to see Lesnar fight, White brought up Jones.

“Jon Jones is very interested in Brock Lesnar, and Brock is very interested in Jon Jones,” he said. “…They both want it. It’s a fun fight.”

Lesnar recently signed an extension with the WWE, but it was only for a few months if what White says is accurate. Both he and Jones are also suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, and White said it is “up to USADA” when Jones will be cleared to fight again. Lesnar has yet to re-enter the USADA testing program, which requires a fighter to be tested for six months before competing.

Jones fought at 205 pounds in his last fight, which is the very top of the light heavyweight division. He’d have no problem getting past the 206-pound minimum to fight in the heavyweight division, though Lesnar would still have a serious size advantage. The two have already traded some shots in the media, so it’s no surprise they would be willing to square up. Whether or not they can clear the necessary hurdles is another discussion.

Brock Lesnar re-signs with WWE, will have rematch against Roman Reigns

Brock Lesnar

Many WWE fans were left surprised when Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday, mainly because Lesnar’s contract was set to expire and there have been rumors that he will return to the UFC. Apparently that is not the plan, at least for now.

The WWE announced on Monday that Lesnar has re-signed with the organization and will defend his Universal Title against Reigns again in a steel cage match at the Greatest Royal Rumble. It’s unclear how long Lesnar’s extension runs, but the Greatest Royal Rumble will be held on April 27.

One report claimed Lesnar had a “real-life verbal altercation” with Vince McMahon after WrestleMania, but apparently that was nothing too serious. There was speculation that the argument had to do with Lesnar going off-script against Reigns, and some people felt he may have been too aggressive in delivering elbows during the match.

UFC president Dana White recently confirmed that Lesnar will fight in the UFC again, but no timeline has been given for that. Perhaps McMahon agreed to let Lesnar fight in the octagon at some point during his WWE contract.

Report: Brock Lesnar, Vince McMahon had heated altercation after WrestleMania 34

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday night to retain the Universal Championship, which has left many wondering what that means for his expiring WWE contract. To add even more uncertainty to the situation, Lesnar reportedly got into a heated altercation with his boss after the event.

Ryan Satin of ProWreslingSheet.com reports that Lesnar and WWE CEO Vince McMahon got into a “real-life verbal altercation” following Lesnar’s match against Reigns. It’s unclear exactly what sparked the conflict, but speculation is that it may have had something to do with Lesnar going off-script.

Details are still scarce, but we’re told Lesnar was livid when he returned to the backstage gorilla position and went off on the WWE Chairman … who was not happy about it.

Sources tell us the brief, but heated incident ended with Brock throwing the Universal Title belt — some say at Vince, some say at a wall — then walking away. No word yet on what set him off.

We’re told there’s a belief that Brock may have gone off script a little bit near the end of the match, but we’ve been unable to confirm if this is true.

At one point during the match, Lesnar hit Reigns with some vicious elbows to the head. Reigns was left a bloody mess following the shots, though in typical WWE fashion it was difficult to get a feel for the authenticity, so to speak.

Based on everything we have heard recently about Lesnar continuing his MMA career, it’s unclear what his future looks like in wrestling. If he’s having issues with McMahon, that could make everyone’s decision easier.