At UFC 199 this past weekend, Michael Bisping defeated Luke Rockhold via knockout to win the UFC Middleweight Championship. However, this wasn't the biggest story to come out of the pay-per-view. That award goes to Brock Lesnar.
The promotion announced at the event that the current WWE superstar would be competing at UFC 200 later this summer for a one-off fight against an opponent which is yet to be confirmed. This will be the first time The Beast Incarnate has competed under the promotion since December 2011 when he competed at UFC 141 and lost against Alistair Overeem.
It is also worth noting that Lesnar is still under contract with the WWE and will be competing at SummerSlam in August as well. As the hours have rolled on since the announcement, more information has been revealed on Lesnar's return to the UFC.
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According to a report by Wrestling Inc: "Brock Lesnar has always had the option of participating in UFC fights in his WWE contract. This option was nearly exercised in 2012, as the UFC was hoping to put together a huge bout at AT&T Stadium in Dallas against Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor pulled out of negotiations after his father passed away and he temporarily retired."
They also said: "UFC will promote WWE's Summerslam show during UFC 202, which takes place the night before Summerslam. UFC 202 is headlined with a major re-match between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. This likely isn't the only reason that WWE signed off on the fight, but it's one of them."
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It's obviously clear that Lesnar's return to UFC isn't about the need to compete in the octagon once more, as it looks to be more about the money involved. A guy of The Beast's standards can rake in a lot of money for UFC at the box office, so he's going to be paid well. With the option having always been there, it's surprising it hasn't happened sooner.
The reasons why UFC have picked UFC 200 for his return are clear as day as well. With it being such a historic event that has already been hit badly thanks to the whole Conor McGregor situation, the card needed to be recovered and Lesnar's inclusion certainly does help that.
With the incentive that WWE will benefit from this move as well not only because of fans crossing over, but from UFC promoting SummerSlam at UFC 202, you can see why they're happy to allow it to happen.
The Beast Incarnate competing at UFC 200 and SummerSlam should help both the UFC and the WWE make a lot of money this summer, and provide fans of both promotions with fantastic entertainment. A win-win for everyone.
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