With UFC cards struggling to reel in numbers this year, could we see the return of one of their biggest stars?
A number of internet reports are circulating that Brock Lesnar is set for a sensational return to the UFC.
Lesnar became the first WWE star to transition to the UFC way back in 2008. Since then his career has been an eventful one.
On arrival to mixed martial arts, he was immediately pushed to the forefront once fighting in the UFC, despite his debut loss. It took just one unanimous decision victory for Lesnar to be rewarded with a title shot.
However, despite the controversy, he was successful and became the UFC heavyweight champion. He would defend the belt successfully on two occasions.
After Cain Velasquez defeated Lesnar to become the heavyweight champion, the WWE star retired from the sport.
The pro wrestler would return once more however for UFC 200. In the historic card, Lesnar faced fellow heavyweight Mark Hunt, and was successful.
This was not without it’s controversy however as Lesnar failed a drug test, leaving him with a year-long suspension.
Another retirement from the sport following this.
Now, however, according to @TalkMMA, it appears as though we may see the former UFC heavyweight champion in Madison Square Garden this November.
I just had a 2nd person tell me that Brock Lesnar is back in the USADA testing pool. Rumor around WWE is Brock is dropping the belt at SS.
— #Dizzology🇺🇸 (@TalkMMA) July 19, 2017
A return to the octagon would be a huge surprise. However, with UFC PPV heavyweights Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey off the scene in 2017, it may be the only true draw the UFC can call upon.
Rumours have begun to circulate that Lesnar is in fact back in the testing pool for USADA and may be available to fight come November.
His suspension would be up which would leave him free to do so if he wishes. It’s also believed that Lesnar met with the UFC brass during international fight week.
However, before fans get too excited, an altogether more reliable source, Ariel Helwani, has said that a deal is still some way off.
Nothing remotely close at this time. They could certainly use him, but not much there right now. https://t.co/qoMvyeqDWL
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 19, 2017
If this does come to fruition, it will be huge for the UFC to have such a recognisable name back in the octagon.
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena