On Saturday, it was announced former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (pictured) will once again leave his fake fighting days behind and compete in the UFC.
LEsnar will make his return at the historic UFC 200 extravaganza on July 9 against an unnamed opponent.
Lesnar was flirting with an MMA comeback last March when his contract with the WWE expired. Lesnar went as far as seeking out coaches and training partners in preparation for a return to MMA. However, Lesnar decided to stay with the WWE after receiving an offer he couldn’t refuse.
After inking the deal with the WWE, Lesnar professed to ESPN, “My legacy in the Octagon is over. I’m officially closing the door on MMA, yes. It was hard. It is hard.”
Lesnar was one of the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draws during his brief time in the octagon. He avenged his loss to Frank Mir in UFC 100‘s main event to retain the heavyweight title. That July 2009 show still stands as the UFC’s biggest PPV generator.
Lesnar, who turns 39 in July, hung up his MMA gloves after getting TKO’d by Alistair Overeem over four years ago at UFC 141. He left the game with a 5-3 professional record, with all but one of his scraps coming inside the big leagues.
Four of his seven UFC fights were of the championship variety.
UFC 200 goes down inside the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is the card’s current lineup:
Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin
Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez
Rapahel Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Brock Lesnar vs. TBD
Amanda Nunes vs. Miesha Tate (UFC bantamweight champion)
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar (For UFC interim featherweight title)
Jon Jones (UFC interim light heavyweight champion) vs. Daniel Cormier (UFC light heavyweight champion)