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Justin McCully approached about Brock Lesnar fight

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Justin McCully revealed on "Inside MMA" -- a program that is featured on the HDNet network -- that he is in discussions to fight Brock Lesnar next in a heavyweight bout.

Nothing is official at this time.

McCully is a member of the Team Punishment training camp with one fight inside the Octagon to his credit -- a unanimous decision win over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9 in April 2007.

"The Insane One" is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt under Allan Goes. He was contacted about fighting Cheick Kongo at UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" earlier in the year; however, McCully reportedly did not respond in time (he was in Iraq on a USO tour with chum Tito Ortiz) and the bout was offered to Heath Herring.

Lesnar is a former collegiate wrestling champion and former WWE professional wrestling superstar. He made his high profile Octagon debut against Frank Mir, losing the contest in 90 seconds via submission after coming out strong.

For the past month Lesnar has been rumored to be on the UFC 85 fight card, which is penciled in to take place at the O2 Arena in London, England on June 7.

Mir is a much more talented fighter than McCully, but it's a bit odd that the UFC -- if the statement is legit -- would risk putting Lesnar back in the cage against another submission specialist.

In addition, it begs the question: Would a fight like this be marketable? McCully is not that well known among the masses, having competed in mixed martial arts bouts just five times since 2000.

It sounds like a very big risk and very little reward for a man (Lesnar) who more than likely is responsible for selling the majority of the estimated 650,000 PPV buys at UFC 81: "Breaking Point."

Let's see how this situation unfolds. We'll of course be on top of it every step of the way. Stay tuned.

(Thanks to MMAmania.com reader "Carlos" for the assist.)