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Rumor: Brock Lesnar Will Return to the UFC by the End of 2012

(Inferior heavyweight contender, or marketing genius?!) 

Perhaps we’re in the minority here, but we’re getting pretty God damn sick of mixed martial artists throwing around the word “retirement” like Kim Kardashian throws around the word “marriage.” Because retirement, like marriage, is a sacred institution, and nowadays it seems as if every other fighter is taking a big, steaming turd on what was once holy ground. In the past year alone, both Jamie Varner and more recently B.J. Penn have retired, only to come out of said retirement before anyone could even assess their retirement in the first place. Though the jury is still out on how long Nick Diaz and Jason Miller will be out of action, it’s looking like you can add none other than former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar to the former list, as it has been reported by co-Host of Tough Talk on, Mike Sawyer, that Lesnar will return to the UFC within the year. He broke the news over his Twitter:

Had an interesting conversation with someone VERY close to all the Brock Lesnar stuff. He is fighting THIS YEAR in UFC & not Frank Mir

plans change all the time, but the name I was told isn’t Roy.

Brian ?@FrontRowBrian
If it’s not Mir fighting Lesnar in UFC later this year as @TOUGHTALKMMA reports, who is it? @roynelsonmma? @stefanstruve? @ShaneCarwin II?

one of the above.

For those of you with the memory capacity of Sammy Jankis, Lesnar announced his retirement from the sport following his first round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141. UFC 141 was a mere six months ago.

Now, this rumor may not be coming from the most reliable source, but if there is any truth to this, then we gotta ask what the hell DW and company are thinking. Oh wait, they’re thinking that having Lesnar back in the UFC will significantly add to their stacks of cash which already stand higher than Joe Silva on a step ladder.

But Sergio Hernandez of CageSideSeats seems to think that we are all being made fools of, and that the UFC have become nothing than pawns in a possible WWE storyline. He writes:

In his short career, he defeated a Hall of Famer, won the heavyweight championship and became the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in the history of the company.

Four months later, he was back in WWE, F5ing John Cena out of nowhere and kicking off their rivalry which culminated in a terrific match at Extreme Rules.

Following Lesnar’s loss to Cena that night, he attacked WWE COO Triple H. Snapping “The Game’s” arm, he hasn’t been seen since and his old mouthpiece Paul Heyman showed up at one point to announce his client’s resignation and subsequent lawsuit against WWE.

Of course, in the world of professional wrestling, this is all a charade.

So when Lesnar showed up at last night’s UFC 146 event and rumors began swirling the former champion was looking to get his old job back, it get me thinking [sic].

According to Dave Meltzer, Lesnar’s meeting with White did not go well. Perhaps the UFC President felt the biggest star in the sport was genuinely interested in making a comeback only to find out his appearance was all to help legitimize the storyline in which he quit WWE.

Meltzer also mentioned a “game is being played.”

It’s unclear what he means by that. Perhaps the aforementioned theory is true and Lesnar plus Vince McMahon is simply using the UFC.

Or maybe Dana White — who has had meetings with McMahon in the past — is helping an old friend with his new gig?

We gotta say, this theory makes much more sense than the actual possibility of Lesnar returning to the UFC. As Hernandez also mentioned, it’s not like the beatings Lesnar took at the hands of Cain Velasquez and the Ubereem have been long forgotten, so who would honestly expect Lesnar’s return to be anything but a marketing ploy? One thing’s for sure, if he were to return, it surely wouldn’t help add to the legitimacy of a sport that is constantly trying to gain credibility in the mainstream.

But on the outside chance Lesnar actually is returning, Sawyer seems convinced that he will either face Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson, or Shane Carwin. We can go ahead and cross Struve off that list, because he is not nearly well known enough to be facing a guy like Lesnar, even though he has about 5 times the experience. Nelson has been angling for a fight with Lesnar for what seems like an eternity now, even to the point that he would be willing to go to the WWE to “whoop his ass,” so perhaps all of his trash talking could finally pay off. As for Carwin, he and Lesnar already engaged in a classic war at UFC 116, and Carwin finally has a return date tentatively set, so that could make for the most interesting storyline of the three, but what do you think, Potato Nation? Should we even be considering this lunacy as a possibility?

-J. Jones

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linzhancw- June 9, 2012 at 8:47 am 0 .0 .0 .0.0
bearcat- June 8, 2012 at 7:35 am
Nate Diaz could KO Lesnar. Lesnar should be embarrassed his jaw is so weak. steroids don't work on the jaw bone.
bearcat- June 8, 2012 at 7:27 am
Lesnar belongs in fake wrestling with his fake jaw and pumped up body. nothing but a white gorilla.
adamnchild- June 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm
Brock Lesnar is a monster and with an unquestionable pedigree as a wrestler & great stamina for a man his size. But his skill set at TOP MMA level for me is limited to basically taking you down and pound you out. Simple as that. He can't box, he's got no kicks....well, very little at top level. So basically when I see him walk to the octagon, I think, if he gets tagged, even by my Granny with her handbag, he's going to do the curled up fetal position we have seen before..or tap out quicker than Fred Astairs shoes used to.
He needs a rematch with Carwin
Carwins got his number and wants to hurt him. He won't gas himself out this time and will send Brock back to the farm (horse shoe maybe not the place he thought it was going to get shoved this time and all).
And if Dana's doing anything other than have had a chat with Vince, then he needs to take a serious look in the mirror and maybe wonder how he became so rich and sought after man. Don't see much of Dana's blood being mopped up after an undercard fight!
If I was Dana, I'd tell Vince to go have a sit down with the Diaz brothers, Hendo and Randy for example, and get him to lay down his plans for the UFC to them.
I would PAY to see that!!!
lee.layfield- June 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm
You writers who are not capable of articulation without the use of profanity are giving MMA a bad name. You sound like a fifteen year old boy trying to impress your friends. Grow up!
Venessa Gamez- June 7, 2012 at 3:10 am
Paul Heyman showed up at one point to announce his client’s resignation and subsequent lawsuit against WWE.
Mmaelite- June 7, 2012 at 12:16 am
I spy mma elite on the butt.
tallkitchenbags- June 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm
I think Brocky lost his taste far the fight game as soon as he faced serious adversity. He's trying to sell tickets to his little gymnastic drama and throwing White the finger. If he is serious, which I doubt, DW should throw him in with another bomb thrower like Carwin, Hunt or Nelson. It might also be cool to toss Cock Chestner in with Big Johnson. Think of the bad joke possibilities!
UFCFightBlogger- June 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm
Other than to make a couple of bucks, I don't see a reason for Lesnar to return. He won't be competitive against the top guys in the division like JDS or Cain. This is a money move at best but I don't think of Lesnar as that kind of guy when he can get paid to mess around in the WWE.

Check out this article about Lesnar
Anhonestmoose- June 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm
I wouldn't mind seeing him back in the UFC. They would have to rebuild him some, which means co main event position against mid-level HW's for a few fights. Maybe with some confidence rebuilt, he can have an impact at the top.
RearNakedSpoon- June 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm
Well we already saw him get submitted and TKO so lets go with Nelson for a WTF-KTFO :0!!!
Texascrazyhorse- June 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm
I doubt this one.

Lesnar got to see what real adversity looks like by staring death in the face. That type of trauma has a strange affect on even the deadliest and most insane of men. He has been humanized and most likely will never be the monster that he was before. Back in the day he didnt seem as tentitive and weary as he did in his last 3 fights. Yes I know that he charged out of the gate on Cain, but I think that was more to get it over with as he was not 100%. I dont think that he will ever be able to take on the top guys at his age and with all he had to go through recently.

I liked Lesnars fights at the first of his career, but there at the end I just dont think that badass I hate the world attitude was there anymore.

Now if he could somehow bring that guy back, then come on back and lets see him run through some lesser ranked guys before throwing him to the wolves of the top 5. (I highly doubt DW would do something so smart though)
intercept440- June 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm
they just got there info wrong...Brokc is going to be fighting in the UIF championships...not the UFC....fucking dumbasses....and he is a 3 to 1 underdog against his opponent who has a 1-1 record against brock...his name is DIVERTICULTIS and he is rumored to be on a TRT exemption as well brock better watch his shit.....literally
leo.herbie- June 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm
Lesnar is competitive and he knows he was not healthy facing Overeem. Lesnar doesn't want to compete unless he can be on top. The question for Lesnar was would he ever be healthy enough to be on top again. A few months ago he might have thought the answer was no and "retired" A few months later he might be getting back to form and thinking rematch with Overeem. To Lesnar, he probably believes he can beat Overeem with the right gameplan: Takedowns (power doubles), top control, and ground and pound. I happen to believe the Lesnar in his prime would beat Overeem as well.

My theory is Lesnar wants Overeem (come on the first fight was embarrassing but that wasn't a healthy Lesnar) and Dana wants to hand him a tune up fight.
amsterdamheavy- June 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm
What the hell do you mean it wasnt a "healthy" Lesnar?
AJH- June 6, 2012 at 11:57 am
I agree with Richard. Look, for someone with no mma experience, and in fact anti-mma experience (the WWE), Lesnar had an impressive run. He deserves a lot of credit for giving mma a try. But next to top heavyweights, he's just not that good, and it's unlikely that he can become good at his age and with his working skill set. He's got nothing to gain and what's left of his pride to lose. Give him Hunt or Congo if he does come back, but don't expect much from him after that.
Richard Fitzentite- June 6, 2012 at 11:36 am
I'd like to see Lesnar back facing someone like Hunt, Barry or Kongo. He won't be a contender until he learns to actually strike and pull off/defend submissions, so fighting a contender would just shorten his run in the UFC. There has to be some value for Zuffa to bring him in for some feature fights. Imagine Lesnar vs Hunt on the same card that Jones/Silva/any of the tiny dudes defends their belts. It would be a way of grabbing the "fair weather" fan and introducing them to some good fighters who aren't well known. I reallize that this was the argument for Brock way back in the beggining, but it needs to be done again and again especially if you keep introducing weight classes.
shatterproof- June 6, 2012 at 11:15 am
God i hope this is all BS but if it's not please let it be Reem's return. I would pay to see that again, for certain.

PS: go back to disqus, guys... losing your message when you hit post if you are not logged in is teh ghey
jjrdias- June 6, 2012 at 10:42 am
Sawyer and Meltzer are full of shit. They're in bed with McMahon to keep the buzz alive around Lesnar. The observer works its readers all the time, but fools keep paying for the privilege.
Stoomboy- June 6, 2012 at 10:32 am
Lesnar would go through Struve and Big Country wouldnt handle Lesnar but a rematch with Carwin, now that i would want to see, hopefully Carwin comes in with a full tank of gas this time and doesnt blow his load 1st round