Lesnar Shows Up At UFC 226 To Challenge Cormier, Fight's Schedule
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Brock Lesnar is a one-of-a-kind athlete as he can compete and transition from one sport to another like no other athlete in the world can. Lesnar has competed in NJPW in the past where he became an IWGP Heavyweight Champion defeating Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono in the Tokyo Dome. Lesnar held the title for 280 days before losing it to Kazuyuki Fujita. Lesnar also competed in The UFC's Heavyweight Division where he became The UFC Heavyweight Champion by defeating Randy Couture and had a successful title defense against Frank Mir before being taken out of action due to diverticulitis after losing to Cain Velasquez.
Lesnar has competed in The WWE before when he debuted back in 2002 and he was known as "The Next Big Thing" at the time. Lesnar has competed against the likes of John Cena, Triple H, CM Punk & The Big Show. Lesnar even ended The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania streak at WrestleMania 30. Lesnar then went on to defeat Goldberg the following year to become the current reigning and defending WWE Universal Champion. After working in such a light schedule as he does, a lot of fans took notice of how often The WWE Universal Champion appears on RAW. His part-time schedule provides WWE the opportunity to book Lesnar as an attraction, but the appeal of UFC has always piqued Lesnar's interest as well.
WWE even allowed Lesnar to fight at UFC 200 against Mark Hunt in a match he won, but the result was later overturned after Lesnar failed a drug test. With Lesnar's WWE contract almost expiring, most thought that his WrestleMania 34 Match would be his last match ever for the company. He defeated Roman Reigns and retained his Universal Championship instead of leaving. Lesnar signed a short-term contract after that, but it didn't stop the UFC rumors from constantly emerging. Lesnar retired from UFC in 2017, but if he re-entered the USADA pool he would still need to serve out the remainder of his suspension after his failed drug test.
Just recently, Lesnar showed up in the crowd during UFC 226 as he was being led by Dana White. He wasn't holding his WWE Universal Championship either. He took a seat at ringside to watch UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic defend his title against Daniel Cormier. WWE's official website also ran a story about Lesnar's attendance at UFC 226 saying, "to stay tuned to WWE.com for any updates on Lesnar's WWE contract." Cormier defeated Miocic and became the new UFC Heavyweight Champion after a first-round knockout. Now a two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cormier then invited Lesnar into the Octagon with him. Then Lesnar approached Cormier and shoved him across the cage. Lesnar grabbed the microphone and cut a promo for himself saying: "I walked into this building and watched the Heavyweight disasters from the beginning...Ngannou's a piece of s--t, Miocic, the piece of s--t, DC...I'm coming for you motherf--ker."
Brock Lesnar has made his intentions quite clear and it appears that Cormier and the UFC Heavyweight Title are in his sights. Dana White later commented that he did not know when the Lesnar vs DC fight will happen though. You can check out Cormier calling out Lesnar along with Lesnar comments and Dana White's comments below:
Despite UFC President Dana White claiming that he does not know when the fight will take place, it is rumored that the two will face off November 3rd which would mean that Lesnar has already re-entered the USADA testing pool, but that the organization is keeping his status hidden.
Interestingly, WWE.com reported on all this with the following article:
We don't know who the next challenger for Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship will be, but we do know his upcoming opponent — UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.
Cameras caught Lesnar cage side for the main event of UFC 226 between UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and challenger Daniel Cormier.
After Cormier knocked Miocic out in the first round to become both the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and UFC Heavyweight Champion, he called out Lesnar and invited him into the octagon. Brock immediately shoved the new champ across the cage before delivering a profanity-laden tirade on the microphone.
Later in the night, during the post-show press conference, UFC President Dana White confirmed that Cormier vs. Lesnar would be happening in the future. He added that no date had been set.
Speculation has run rampant over Lesnar’s future for much of this year, starting with Lesnar posing for photos next to White on the night of WWE Elimination Chamber 2018. Lesnar last competed in UFC in July 2016.