Dana White trolled both MMA and pro wrestling fans last week when he posted a photo on Twitter of himself and former UFC Heavyweight champion (and current WWE Universal Champion) Brock Lesnar. The tweet was accompanied by a smile emoji, which is traditional Dana White speak for “I’m happy because I got something I wanted.”
So did Dana White just get Brock Lesnar back into the UFC?
Obviously nothing official has been announced, but Lesnar’s current WWE contract expires after WrestleMania 34 on April 7. Unless he signs an extension, he will be free to do whatever he wants — including a potential UFC return. To add fuel to the fire, White recently appeared on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio and talked to driver Kevin Harvick about the chances of Lesnar fighting in the UFC again.
“They’re very, very, very good,” replied White. For those counting at home, that was three “verys.” The triple very.
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) February 28, 2018
Lesnar made a surprise return to the UFC at UFC 200 in July 2016, even while under the WWE contract (so he obviously had their blessing). He beat Mark Hunt via unanimous decision, but that result was overturned when Lesnar failed a post-fight drug test. (The WWE had publicly said they don’t drug test “part-time” employees, which Lesnar is classified as — how convenient for him.)
If Lesnar does sign with the UFC again, don’t expect to see him on PPV anytime in 2018. He was given a 12-month suspension for failing the UFC 200 drug test (and fined $250,000). That suspension was frozen when he exited the USADA drug testing pool roughly five months later. He would have to serve the remaining seven months before being eligible to fight again.
However, please sign us up for Brock Lesnar vs. Stipe Miocic, because that’s a ridiculously fun fight.