Turns out all that talk about Lesnar leaving the UFC was nothing but a Brock-and-bull story.
That's because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today announced that the former heavyweight champion has been put on the fast-track to reclaiming his lost gold when he assumes one of two vacant coaching slots for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13.
Now the only thing standing between Brock Lesnar and a rematch with division champion Cain Velasquez is his opposing TUF coach, a Brazilian wrecking ball named Junior dos Santos, who risks his number one contender spot for a chance to pound on his pasty foe -- and get his piece of the Lesnar pay-per-view pie, which historically has made boku bucks for all involved.
Today's somewhat surprising announcement ends weeks of speculation surrounding the coaching gigs on the Spike TV reality show, which was until now a see-saw of popular names including Wanderlei Silva, Brian Stann, Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar.
Lesnar (5-2) is coming off a first round shellacking at the hands of new division champion Cain Velasquez, who survived a beefy bumrush at UFC 121 to topple the former WWE star and capture the crown.
It was Lesnar's first loss inside the Octagon since serving up a ham-hock to Frank Mir in his Octagon debut at UFC 81 way back in February 2008.
The artist formerly known as the sport's "toughest S.O.B." avenged his loss to Mir with a July 2009 bloodbath at UFC 100, battering the trash-talking grappler and forcing a first round TKO stoppage.
After a falling out with his lower intestine in 2009, ol' Sword 'N Chest clung to dear life while Shane Carwin beat him like a rented mule at UFC 116, only to come back and steal the submission win when Carwin unveiled his Madame Tussaud-inspired defense.
Now Lesnar can avenge another loss and convince the Spike TV audience that his defeat at the hands of Velasquez was nothing more than a bump in the proverbial road.
Assuming Dos Santos doesn't make that road a dead end when they face off later this year.
"Cigano" cemented his place among the heavyweight big guns after a string of impressive performances against the likes of former Pride FC star Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at UFC 103, Gilbert Yvel at UFC 108 and most recently against Roy "Big Country" Nelson at UFC 117 last August.
In fact, the Brazilian has enjoyed something of a UFC Cinderella story, being brought in for what was thought to be a squash match against Fabricio Werdum in his 2008 debut.
Dos Santos had other plans, knocking out "Vai Cavalo" and forcing the UFC to give him the best the division has to offer, mostly because he's destroyed everyone else worth mentioning in the 265-pound weight class, going 6-0 with five stoppages.
Can he withstand the wrestling of Lesnar? And will this odd couple make for entertaining television? One thing is for certain, you can expect this season of TUF to pull some impressive ratings. Love him or hate him, win or lose, Brock Lesnar can draw.
But for how much longer? That may depend on Dos Santos.
TUF 13 debuts on March 30 via Spike TV with a live finale scheduled for June 4. No date or venue has been named for the Lesnar vs. Dos Santos contest at this time, but is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on the upcoming TUF 13 debut as they become available.