Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight kingpin Brock Lesnar, who retired in late 2011 when Alistair Overeem turned him inside out, will make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) as part of the UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) event, locked and loaded for July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"I think it doesn't suck, that's what I think," a jubilant UFC President Dana White told TMZ Sports. "According to Brock right now, his training is going great, he feels like a million bucks, so we'll see what happens. The thing is, being away from fighting for awhile is tough to do."
Lesnar's first opponent will be aging (but still potent) slugger Mark Hunt.
While the timing is certainly a surprise, the part-time pro wrestler -- who got permission to fight from his WWE superiors -- has long flirted with a return to combat sports. How much "fight" is left in the soon-to-be 39-year-old heavyweight remains to be seen.