It is widely expected that at some point in 2019, Brock Lesnar will return to UFC to have a fight inside the Octagon against Daniel Cormier for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
The clash has been teased for a while now, mainly by Cormier since Lesnar has been wrapped up with his work with WWE over the past couple of months.
Since the former UFC Heavyweight Champion lost the Universal Championship to Seth Rollins at WrestleMania last weekend, may have expected this has opened the door for him to return to the Octagon.
However, if Dana White is to be believed, this may not be the case, or at the bare minimum, his clash with DC is up in the air.
During a press conference today, the UFC president was asked about Lesnar’s supposed fight against Cormier.
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According to ESPN's Ariel Helwani, White replied that this encounter is on the ropes. He also admitted that he has not spoken to the former UFC Heavyweight Champion for a while.
White said, via BJ Penn: “That fight isn’t even in the works. That fight might not even happen first.”
This comment generated a chorus of boos from the crowd in attendance, to which the UFC president jokingly responded to by saying: “That’s what Cormier said too."
White added: “We haven’t even talked to Brock. Nothing happened. That’s what we wanted to do, but Brock and I haven’t even talked. When Brock Lesnar is ready, he’ll call me.
“I don’t know if he’ll fight again, but we don’t have a date for him right now,” he said. “The first fight might be Stipe [against Cormier].
“We’ve got to wait for Cormier. Cormier went back in the gym about two weeks ago and did a light workout. He’s still not healthy. As soon as he’s healthy to fight, we can make a decision on when we do him, and if it’s Stipe [he’ll fight].”
Lesnar and Cormier have already clashed inside the Octagon, but in a non-fighting situation in order to tease a potential bout down the road.
After DC defeated Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 226 back in July last year, he antagonized Brock, who was in the arena, to come inside the Octagon.
Lesnar emerged from the audience and came into the octagon to accept the challenge by the new champion, shoving him in the process before the two were separated.
WWE did initially have Lesnar penciled in for their Saudi Arabia at the start of May before it was moved to June. Following the reschedule, however, it unclear if he will still work this show for WWE.
If he does, this could delay any return to the Octagon for him until later this year in order to allow him to have time for a fight camp before a bout with Cormier for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Due to this, White has suggested that DC may face Miocic again first before a clash with Lesnar.