The narrative for nearly a year now has been that Brock Lesnar is looking for a way back to the UFC.
A competitor like Lesnar, a man who was the NCAA champion in college and has been a multiple-time WWE champion and UFC heavyweight champion, it's understandable he might crave 'real' competition from time-to-time.
After he dropped the Universal title to Roman Reigns at SummerSlam, it was almost a given that the Beast Incarnate would fade away and train for his shot at UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in early 2019.
However, that doesn't seem to be the case. Rumours began to circulate in October that the UFC may hand Brock a superfight with the returning Jon Jones - a man who has defeated Cormier twice (although one was reversed after drug tests) - but Cormier says he was never worried.
“No (I’m not worried about Jones taking that fight from me),” Cormier said at a UFC 230 media day (h/t MMA Junkie). “I’ve got to be honest with you: Over the course of my career I haven’t been done like that. I haven’t had anything promised to me that hasn’t been delivered. The UFC’s been good to me. I don’t worry about that.
“I know I’m going to fight Lesnar. There’s nobody or anything that could change that. They’ve never done me like that, so there’s no reason to believe it would start now.”
Cormier believed all along he would get the fight with Lesnar, but with the January cards in UFC filling up, there is no sign of the heavyweight clash.
Since Roman Reigns was struck down with leukaemia, the WWE have put the Universal title back on Lesnar and that seems to have adjusted his thinking.
At a press conference on Friday, UFC president Dana White poured a lot of doubt on Lesnar's return to the octagon.
“One of the guys I met with yesterday during PR told me that he had heard Brock Lesnar just signed a bunch of WWE deals.”
Bear in mind, Lesnar is 42-years-old next July and the UFC is a young man's game. More than that, Cormier has already stated that his next fight will be his retirement bout and he either wants to complete the Jon Jones trilogy or face Lesnar. In essence, Lesnar has one chance to face him.
There is far more money to be made with the WWE and the rate that Vince McMahon pays him for the amount of work he actually has to do. From a business perspective, there isn't even a decision to make.
Still, if Lesnar has that itch to go back to the UFC, one would think if he was going to do that, it would be now.
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