Brock Lesnar shocked the fighting world when it was revealed that he was making a return to the octagon at UFC 200.
Lesnar essentially took Conor McGregor's spot on the card after the Irishman decided to "retire" after being reprimanded by the UFC, choosing not to leave his training camp to take part in media engagements and interviews to hype up the event.
With McGregor now being confirmed for a main event match with Nate Diaz at UFC 202, the two pay-per-views are now almost competing against each other to see which can break the more records and get more buys.
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Lesnar the Star
So, which is the bigger event, UFC 200 or 202? Well, according to Daniel Cormier, it is 200 and Lesnar by a mile.
Cormier, who faces Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight title, says UFC 200 will be the biggest show in history, simply because no other mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter can match the mass appeal of 'The Beast Incarnate' himself in Lesnar, not even the mighty McGregor.
"I think UFC 200 will undoubtedly be the most successful pay-per-view in UFC history. You have nine former or current UFC champions on the card."
Cormier then ran through the card, talking about how many quality fighters there are all the way throughout the event.
"You have one of the fights just to start, the first fight of the night, might be either Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon or Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller," he said, via ESPN. "These are sick fights, and they're the ones who are opening the curtain. T.J. Dillashaw is on the card against Raphael Assuncao. Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena, two fireballs."
Main Event Mania
The Louisiana native then went on to discuss the main events, omitting his fight against Jones for some reason.
"And then when the main card starts, Cain Velasquez, who has been in the main event of every fight card he's been on for the last six years, is fighting to open the night against Travis Browne. How sick is that?"
Then there is the pièce de résistance, the return of Lesnar, the man who holds the UFC's current record for most successful PPV thanks to UFC 100 which he main-evented against Frank Mir.
"The return of Brock Lesnar. Conor McGregor is a massive star in the UFC, as is Nate Diaz, but I can't imagine people would say that Brock isn't the biggest star UFC has ever seen."
Cormier has a point. Lesnar returning was a bigger deal than McGregor's rematch with Diaz being confirmed. Whether that translates into buys remains to be seen.