Brock Lesnar has been given a clean bill of health for the first time in years, and a UFC return could be on the cards according to long-time manager and friend, Paul Heyman.
Heyman was a guest on The MMA Hour, and he revealed that Lesnar has finally been given the all clear after suffering a long fight with diverticulitis.
The Beast is back?
Heyman was wary of outrightly saying that Lesnar would return, especially as he has such a good contract with WWE at the moment, but he did say that if anything were to change - a UFC return would be a possibility.
"If a change of circumstance happens, and it’s a no-brainer to get Brock back into the cage, I'm sure it’s something he would consider. At this moment, it’s not a topic of conversation because things are going so well in WWE." Said Lesnar.
Heyman has had a close relationship with Lesnar since they met in WWE and their on-screen partnership soon became a real-life business partnership.
Heyman also revealed that the extent of Lesnar's diverticulitis and the effect it had on him during his fight with Alistair Overeem - which remains a blemish on Lesnar's career.
"He had a clean bill of health, finally. Brock was not ready for the Overeem fight, and I think that's fairly obvious. A liver kick, well placed, will drop any human being on the face of this planet. A liver kick from Alistair Overeem, at that size and weight --no matter how he achieved it - is going to drop any human being. Brock was unhealthy walking into that fight with Alistair Overeem. I don't think that Brock has ever truly understood nor accepted until he got past it, the severity of the illness that took him down. Brock, once he got past the Overeem fight, had all these treatments, switched treatments and doctors and finally got a clean bill of health."
Great news for the UFC, bad for the WWE
Despite fighting only eight times, Lesnar has been arguably the UFC's biggest ever draw and his crossover appeal was absolutely huge - so much so, he got a UFC Heavyweight title shot in his third fight.
His diverticulitis stalled his UFC career though and after a break, he returned to the WWE on a big money, part-time contract and during his second WWE run, he has earned perhaps the biggest honor in sports entertainment - he broke The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
That makes this news potentially very upsetting for the WWE, who have heavily marketed Lesnar as their biggest talent and he'll compete for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam this month, in a match he's favorite to win.
Although he's likely to fulfil his contract, losing him to the UFC for a second time would be a huge blow to the floundering WWE, as they struggle to get their WWE Network off the ground and have to make around $20 million in budget cuts.
Only John Cena can really rival Lesnar in terms of mainstream appeal but even Cena will struggle without another mega-opponent like Lesnar or The Rock.
And although UFC President, Dana White said that a chance of a Lesnar return were 'slim to none', he'll be licking his lips at possibly re-adding Lesnar to the UFC roster and rejuvenating the dying heavyweight division.