Don’t look now but it appears as if Brock Lesnar could be in attendance at UFC 226 next month in Las Vegas.
According to a report by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Lesnar is in talks with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to make an appearance at the promotion’s massive pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 7.
If the reports are true and Lesnar is working towards a return to the Octagon, it makes sense to have the former heavyweight champion cageside for UFC 226, which will feature a heavyweight clash between current division king Stipe Miocic and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
From the report:
Lesnar has been asked to face the winner of the 7/7 Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier fight for the heavyweight title, which from a sports standpoint is ridiculous given that Lesnar hasn’t had a true UFC win since Shane Carwin in 2010 (his 2016 win over Mark Hunt was changed to a no contest when he tested positive for Clomiphene). But that would also be a money fight. As noted before, it’s going down to the wire. The idea for that fight is on 12/30 in Las Vegas, which means Lesnar needs to put himself back in the USADA testing pool by 6/30. If he does, it would not be a surprise for Lesnar to show up at the 7/7 UFC 226 show. I can tell you that while that is not decided on, it is something under discussion for him to show up and challenge the winner or them at least tease that.
While Lesnar was rumored for a potential superfight with Jon Jones, the promotion has decided to go another route. Instead, the inactive heavyweight could get the first crack at the winner of Miocic vs. Cormier later this year when he’s eligible to return.
Some fight fans may disagree with Lesnar stepping in and fighting for the heavyweight title, or even landing a money-driven superfight with “Bones,” but UFC has always favored the WWE superstar in order to bolster PPV buys.
We will have to wait and see how this heavyweight show plays out.