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It’s not a secret Brock Lesnar is planning on making his UFC return, but there are always questions with the big man, navigating as he does between the parallel universes of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. Evidently, with his contract up and no relevant storylines for him, Lesnar has stopped appearing in the WWE and is focusing full-time on preparing for UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
That’s what Dave Meltzer said, anyway, in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via cagesideseats.com:
As far as Lesnar, his WWE contract expires in a few days. He was written out of storylines when Kurt Angle refused to give him his rematch. He was pulled by WWE off the Raw show this past week because nobody could come up with an idea for him that made sense. If he was staying, he could destroy everyone, but they weren’t going to have Strowman beat him since he had no matches left, and he had no matches to build up. He could go crazy and get suspended or fired, but that doesn’t do WWE any good to put more focus on him when he’s got no date to return. He is back training for fighting. He has dropped weight. He is going in with the idea of facing Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title in early 2019.
The fight makes very little divisional sense, with Curtis Blaydes a proven contender on a 6-fight unbeaten streak, and former champion Stipe Miocic adamant on getting a rematch with Cormier. Lesnar hasn’t officially won an MMA fight since 2010, his last bout with Mark Hunt overturned after he tested positive for anabolic steroids. Nonetheless, it is the fight the UFC are eager to make, as Lesnar always brings a bank-breaking audience willing to shell out the Pay-Per-View (PPV) dollars by the truckload.
Is James Vick alright?
— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) August 24, 2018
I truly believe Justin Gaethje when he says he has no idea if he’s going to use his wrestling in the cage tomorrow night.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) August 24, 2018
Boxing got real weird tonight
Conor McGregor is training on a boat? At night?
Anyone who has grappled knows this is true
They are being merciful to Zabit Magomedsharipov by not letting him fight John Lineker.
Still no new opponent for Zabit Magomedsharipov. Plan is still to find him a new opponent for 228 and keep him on the card. John Lineker is not an option being considered at this time. Zabit’s team wants to get through 228 and then fight Yair Rodriguez before the year is up.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 24, 2018
I’m in! Let’s do it! Call mr. Sean Shelby but we called him. He said you’re too small. But I will fight you. Much respect for stepping up. https://t.co/n46k8gMN9r
— ZabitMagomedsharipov (@zabit_mma) August 23, 2018
A smooth criminal indeed
McGregor is really stretching here, but it’s a good thing this fight isn’t taking place in Russia.
Lando Vannata is good with the handsprings
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Tenshin Nasukawa? Sign me all the way up for that.
RIZIN 13 bout announcements (2/2)
TAIGA vs Kento Haraguchi (kickboxing)
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Tenshin (kickboxing)
— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) August 24, 2018
Who da hell is they preparin to fight bruh pic.twitter.com/eQ2Owa56SI
— SOUTH SHORE (@YayerGangCoolee) August 22, 2018
As long as McGregor doesn’t get three fights cancelled on this one, it should be good
#UFC229 card update:
Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor
Lewis vs. Volkov
Ferguson vs. Pettis
Pettis vs. Formiga
Saint Preux vs. Reyes
O’Malley vs. Quiñónez
LaFlare vs. Martin
Maynard vs. Lentz
Holtzman vs. Patrick
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 24, 2018
Chad Mendes got the rare opportunity to hunt the fastest land mammal in North America.
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Those body kicks…
Christian Risti demolished Adel Zaripov in 1R (Tatneft Cup) pic.twitter.com/guKVG8UuVY
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 24, 2018
The hoary head of knockouts
Ugo Barbosa KOs Andrius Tigrão in 1R (ShootoBrasil) pic.twitter.com/j56BAW4ySF
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 25, 2018
Haroldo Bunn armbared Johil de Oliveira in 1R (ShootoBrasil) pic.twitter.com/Y008aQPGnt
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 25, 2018
Body shots hurt the soft parts of the body, not the bones
— PBC (@premierboxing) August 25, 2018
Remembering Andy Hug
Andy Hug died 18 years ago and it just got really dusty in here all of a sudden. https://t.co/rPlxjlsTaW
— Lucas Bourdon (@lucas_bourdon) August 25, 2018
Podcasts and Video
Breaking down Justin Gaethje
You can’t not watch this while it’s free: maybe the most exciting UFC debut of all time
The MMA Ratings Podcast
Surely our version of reality is among the most insane of all possible realities
— Deepa Seetharaman (@dseetharaman) August 25, 2018
That’s a LOT of work
Two and a half months, around 20 different shades of pencils and now finally a drawing of Thanos pic.twitter.com/NPqfKryIAr
— Gurekbal Bhachu (@G_Singh_B) August 22, 2018