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    Brock Lesnar returning to The Octagon

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    Brock Lesnar returning to UFC to challenge Daniel Cormier for heavyweight title

    Brock Lesnar is back in the UFC, and he’s going straight for the heavyweight title.

    Moments before Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic made their walkouts for their UFC 226 headliner Saturday night, Lesnar was escorted to a front-row seat by UFC President Dana White. What Lesnar witnessed was Cormier, already the light heavyweight title holder, become a simultaneous two-division champion with a first-round knockout of Miocic.

    Afterward, Lesnar entered the cage when Cormier took the microphone from Joe Rogan and told him to. Before they could even exchange words, Lesnar shoved Cormier, and they had to be separated by security while shouting at each other.

    As expected, Lesnar will challenge Cormier for the heavyweight belt, though a date and location aren’t determined. White confirmed the news during the UFC 226 post-fight press conference.

    “We’re definitely going to make that fight,” White said.

    The development means White has made good on his word from April, when he said the former UFC champ Lesnar would return after previously teasing the odds were “very, very, very good.”

    Lesnar (5-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC), the current WWE Universal champion, hasn’t had an MMA bout since defeating Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July 2016. That result was later overturned to a no-contest after Lesnar failed a pair of drug tests by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Lesnar was handed a one-year suspension and later retired.

    In order to return to the UFC, Lesnar will have to re-enter USADA’s testing pool and serve out the remainder of his suspension. White said the process began last week.

    “I don’t know where they are in the process, but he’s going to pop up (on USADA’s list) here soon,” White said.

    UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky clarified Lesnar’s situation with MMAjunkie.

    “The way the process generally works is the athlete notifies us he wants back in the pool,” Novitzky said. “He said he did that last week. And he’s given certain deadlines to file certain declarations, whereabouts. But as soon as he says he’s back in the pool, he’s subject to testing.”

    Novitzky estimated that Lesnar has six months and 10 days remaining on his USADA suspension, which puts his eligibility for a return to the octagon at “mid-to-late January.”

    “There will be no exemption, nothing,” Novitzky said. “It has to be served.”

    Even as Lesnar has been away from MMA, he has been the subject of some big callouts. Cormier himself said during the build-up to UFC 226 that he would look forward to a “green panty night” with a victory, a reference to making a lot of money from pay-per-view buys.

    Looks like it’s a dream come true for the champ champ.

    For complete coverage of UFC 226, check out the UFC Events section of the site.
    So, this news might be considered more MMA related but it has significance in the world of wrestling too, as Brock is of course the WWE Universal Champion and this fight is already being plugged by WWE.

    Many of you probably already know this, but at last night's UFC PPV, Daniel Cormier knocked out Stipe Miocic to win the Heavyweight Championship. He called out Brock Lesnar who was sitting cageside, The Beast came in the octagon, shoved Cormier and then cut a promo burying UFC and Cormier. It was all very sports entertainmenty and obviously planned by UFC and Lesnar.

    For those that missed it, here are links to videos of Brock enterting the cage:

    https://twitter.com/btsportufc/statu...493632512?s=19

    And then the promo he cut right after:

    https://twitter.com/SandhuMMA/status...639691265?s=19

    There is no set date for the fight but I've seen a lot of reports that they're going to try to do it at MSG in November. However, this article states he still has 6 months left on his suspension for juicing ahead of his last fight, which means the earliest this could happen is early 2019.

    The main takeaway for me is that this is an obvious case of WWE and UFC working together to try to increase both their brands. This fight is definitely going to do huge sales and there will definitely be plenty of talk of WWE on the broadcast. What will be interesting to see is if they keep the belt on Brock all the way up until this event to add that much more intrigue to the bout. My first hunch was that they would. WWE Universal Champion vs. UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion is something that has simply never happened and would be a historic event. At the same time though, does WWE want to send out their top dog, the standard bearer for the company and risk him getting embarrassed by UFC's finest? It's a tough call but I'm still leaning towards Brock keeping the belt until then, simply because it could mean more money and exposure for WWE, which I think they value more than their legitimacy at this point. But the idea of Brock keeping the belt another 6+ months is... not appealing.

    But, yeah, that's the news. What does everyone think? Still interested in seeing Brock fight at this point? Think he's gonna carry the Universal Title into the cage? Have any theories about his future in WWE?

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    Re: Brock Lesnar returning to The Octagon

    I am for sure can't wait for Cormier vs Lesnar to go down in the Octagon. I would say though Cormier barely being able to hold his balance when Brock barely touched him, tells me he's going to be taken to the Woodshed if Brock takes him down. As for the working relationship with WWE and UFC yeah it would be smart for WWE to keep the Title on Brock and let's says beats Cormier and the next Monday Night Raw Strowman cashes in on Brock.

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    Re: Brock Lesnar returning to The Octagon

    I hope Brock gets lit the fuck up tbh


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    Re: Brock Lesnar returning to The Octagon

    Quote Originally Posted by Sadio HoHo View Post
    I would say though Cormier barely being able to hold his balance when Brock barely touched him, tells me he's going to be taken to the Woodshed if Brock takes him down.
    Which one of the two was just in a fight moments earlier?

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    Re: Brock Lesnar returning to The Octagon

    Cormier barely took damage in the fight. I think it was more so that Lesnar is a 300 pound gorilla that shoved a dude who was expecting some wwe style riffing.

    Guaranteed dc's life flashed before his eyes before he started talking shit


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    Re: Brock Lesnar returning to The Octagon

    Quote Originally Posted by Marketh View Post
    Which one of the two was just in a fight moments earlier?
    Nah DC was fine. He didn't break a sweat like Tommy Gunn when he won the World Title in Rocky 5.

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    Re: Brock Lesnar returning to The Octagon

    Quote Originally Posted by Sadio HoHo View Post
    I am for sure can't wait for Cormier vs Lesnar to go down in the Octagon. I would say though Cormier barely being able to hold his balance when Brock barely touched him, tells me he's going to be taken to the Woodshed if Brock takes him down.
    There's a big difference between being in the cage and prepared for what's coming and being there, after going through a fight (albeit a short one) and taking a shove you weren't expecting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coxatron View Post
    Guaranteed dc's life flashed before his eyes before he started talking shit
    You're joking, right? DC was legit laughing as he stumbled backwards. That whole thing was a set up; prowrestling 101. Cormier wasn't expecting the shove but no matter who won, Cormier, Miocic, Lesnar and Dana all knew that the winner and Lesnar would be face-to-face at the end of the night. If Miocic won, I guarantee you Brock doesn't put hands on him because Stipe is way more no-nonsense and Cormier and Lesnar a) have a relationship and b) understand prowrestling. Every single part of Brock's involvement in UFC 226 was laid out like a prowrestling angle; his arrival, his approaching the commentators, his waiting outside the cage to get called in, the promo he cut - the shove was improv on the fly but look at DC's face and tell me he didn't know what was going on. He was afraid at all, he knew it was a work and he knew he was safe. He also knew that this was a money angle that is going to help him set up for his retirement next year.

    As for Brock keeping the title and WWE and UFC working together; I doubt it. Brock is obviously happier and more engaged in UFC and both companies do as much as possible to distance themselves from each other - the commentators at 226 spent so much time talking about how "that prowrestling stuff is fake but Brock is real" that it was obviously a line they'd been fed and told to repeat, meanwhile Brock's appearance in the UFC was ignored on RAW. Apparently Lesnar has a bunch of bookings with WWE leading into Summerslam and then on the RAW after - he's dropping the title then I reckon and we won't see him in the WWE again for at least another year or two.

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    Re: Brock Lesnar returning to The Octagon

    Brock's dropping the title and leaving for the UFC... Where have I heard that before?

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