It appears as though Brock Lesnar could be making a return to the Octagon after all.
According to a report by MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the former heavyweight champion and the Las Vegas-based promotion are close to finalizing a deal for Lesnar to compete at UFC 200. While Lesnar’s return could be announced soon, his opponent for the event remains unknown.
Lesnar flirted with a UFC return last year but ultimately decided to re-sign with the WWE, saying he was "officially closing the door on MMA."
“I thought about this for a year. At the end of the day, it’s all about me wanting to have fun. The money is great, but the lifestyle…,” Lesnar said on “SportsCenter” in March 2015. “For the last two months I’ve been training; I’ve been training to get back in the Octagon. I felt physically great, but something lacked mentally, and that’s not good.”
Lesnar, 38, hasn’t competed since Dec. 30, 2011, when he suffered a first-round technical knockout loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141. The South Dakota native owns a 5-3 career mark with wins over Frank Mir, Shane Carwin, Randy Couture and Heath Herring.
UFC 200 takes place at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a light heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.