Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar could have been Daniel Cormier’s opponent last weekend at UFC 241 had he not retired from mixed martial arts.
Lesnar has fought in the UFC cage only eight times, but he made a significant contribution to the incredible rise of the sport.
He started his UFC career with a submission loss to Frank Mir in 2008.
After this defeat, he went on to win four straight matches, which catapulted him to the 265-pound throne and to unprecedented popularity across the MMA world.
Lesnar was adored (and hated) by many, making him one of the biggest draws in the Nevada-based promotion.
In fact, five of his eight bouts tallied at least 1 million pay-per-view buys while the rest were still impressive at over 600 000.
Cormier has campaigned for a massive showdown with the pay-per-view behemoth, but the fight did not come to fruition as UFC president Dana White said that Brock Lesnar has already retired from the sport.
“He told me he’s done, he’s retired. We’re going to move in another direction with Cormier,” White told ESPN in a previous interview.
When asked about fighting Brock Lesnar, Daniel Cormier said Lesnar “didn’t want the smoke” 👀
— Bleacher Report MMA (@BR_MMA) August 17, 2019
With Lesnar out of the picture, the UFC booked Cormier against Stipe Miocic for a re-run of their UFC 226 clash.
The rematch happened last weekend, where Miocic was able to avenge his loss after a fourth-round stoppage of DC to reclaim the heavyweight title.
Days after the heavyweight title fight, former WWE champion Kurt Angle reignited talks about Lesnar’s possible return to the UFC.
In a recent appearance on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show, Angle said the WWE star wants to take on Jon Jones in an extraordinary fight if ever he makes an MMA comeback.
“I hope he does return. I know he said he was retired, but I think the one fight he wants, and I don’t know if it will happen, but he wants to go up against Jon Jones,” Angle told Helwani (transcript from MMA Mania).
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 19, 2019
Angle went on to praise Lesnar for being an incredible athlete and guarantees that a fight with Jones would be a sure barn-burner despite having contrasting fighting styles.
“I think that would be an extraordinary fight. They are very different. Their sizes are completely opposite, but Brock’s a freak.”
“He might not win all of his fights, and he may not be the more polished fighter, but he is an incredible athlete.”
“He could do anything he wants, play football or pro baseball, he could adapt to anything. Brock is an incredible athlete and wrestling him in the ring, I knew how great a athlete he truly is.”
“I mean he could play basketball, he is unbelievable.”
Meanwhile, Bones has learned about the news and has taken to social media to give his honest take on this potential fight.
Here’s Jones response.
Brock is way too slow, I’ll embarrass him. https://t.co/rbg2Lfgpnw
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 20, 2019
Will Brock Lesnar return to MMA and fight Jones?
What do you think of his chances against the current light heavyweight champion?
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar)