As per usual, Brock Lesnar has been extremely tight-lipped about his future plans. It is widely believed that his current WWE contract comes to an end after WrestleMania 34 on April 8, and there have been numerous hints that he may be considering a return to the UFC. There’s this Instagram post by Dana White, as well as this interview where the UFC president says the chances of a Lesnar return are “very good.”
Lesnar is a former UFC heavyweight champion, and even made a shocking one-night-only return to take on Mark Hunt at UFC 200 while still under WWE contract. Lesnar is now 40-years-old, so this may be his last chance to make a serious UFC run. If he does return to the MMA world, there’s already a line of potential opponents forming. Right near the front of that line is the hard-hitting Francis Ngannou, who rattled off six UFC wins in a row before losing a title fight to champion Stipe Miocic in early 2018.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Ngannou said he was eager to welcome Lesnar back to the octagon:
“I want Brock, Brock Lesnar. And I heard [boxing heavyweight champ] Anthony Joshua say he’s going to fight in MMA, and if he want to face me, you’re welcome man. We gonna do it both sides, in the Octagon and inside the ring. He’s gonna get me anyway. There are three people who want me, and then who I want. The other three want me. Me? I want Brock.”
Ngannou, known for his fearsome punching power (just ask Alistair Overeem — if he’s woken back up yet), also defended his ground game against critics who claim that his entire game is simply hitting hard.
“I don’t think my problem is wrestling,” Ngannou explained. “I can’t believe my wrestling is bad. I think my wrestling defense is good. I think I can prove it, and maybe not in this fight, but I have had a very good strategy of wrestling defense for my previous fight. I can show that Brock won’t hurt me to show that my wrestling defense is not bad.”
“People say, ‘Your ground game, your wrestling,’ but I believe I have not the best one, but I have a good one,” he continued. “I’ve been showing that for earlier fight. The fact of this [Miocic fight] was the management of my cardio and my endurance. I came into that fight already tired because of a lot of stuff going on.”
Frankly, we hope Lesnar does return to the UFC (and stayed off the PEDs) because there are a lot of fun matchups to be made. If Lesnar can beat Ngannou and other up-and-comers like Curtis Blaydes or Alexander Volkov, we would love to see Lesnar vs. Miocic for the Heavyweight title.