Brock Lesnar to represent Canada, not United States, in UFC comeback

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In the five years that have elapsed since he last set foot in the UFC octagon, Brock Lesnar has spent much of his time infuriating as many WWE fans as possible in his role as one of the wrestling promotion's biggest heels.

Now, with his return to UFC just a few weeks away, 'The Beast Incarnate' is running the risk of offending any patriotic fans of the Mixed Martial Art's fan base too.

In the seven bouts that made up Lesnar's original run in the UFC, he entered the octagon as a representative of the United States. When he makes his return to the sport at next month's UFC 200 pay-per-view, that will not be the case.


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At least that is according to a report from MMA Mania, citing UpRoxx, which claims Lesnar will forego his allegiance to the Stars and Stripes to represent Canada on July 9.

Rather than Lesnar's fight against Mark Hunt pitting the U.S. against New Zealand, it looks like the South Dakota native will instead be going toe-to-toe with the Kiwi in honour of 'The True North'.

Although the 4-3 fighter himself hasn't confirmed such a move, his Reebok walkout gear that is currently being advertised can be seen to sport the Canadian maple leaf.

So just why would a man born in Webster, South Dakota who is often touted as holding strong 'American values' opt to represent his birth nation's northern neighbours?

Well, as noted by several sources, since Lesnar last appeared in UFC he has moved from his former home in Minnesota to take residence on a farm in the Canadian town of Maryfield, Saskatchewan.

Having spoken often about his love for his farm, it looks like the 38-year-old is going to put the town on the map come July 9.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is already well and truly on the Lesnar bandwagon with some three-and-a-half weeks still to until the veteran steps into the octagon in Las Vegas.

Of course, unlike many other sports, the nationality of a fighter isn't the determining factor behind who someone supports when the bell rings. And, with his opponent hailing from New Zealand, Lesnar shouldn't expect to lose much support from the American UFC fans.

Nevertheless, it is an interesting decision on behalf of 'The Beast' as he looks to make a fresh start in the MMA promotion.

Now we just have to wait 26 more days to see whether it will be the Canadian maple leaf, the New Zealand fern or the American Stars and Stripes that are flying high when the UFC 200 co-main event concludes.

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