If Brock Lesnar does indeed return to MMA, he could fight for the UFC heavyweight title in his first fight back.
Lesnar, still one of the biggest stars in the sport despite being currently signed to the WWE, competes at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday. He is expected to defend his heavyweight championship, and several pundits have speculated that should he lose the belt, he will head back over to the UFC.
White himself has said several times over the past few months that he is confident the former UFC titleholder will step foot inside the Octagon again, and perhaps sometime in 2018.
Earlier this week, the UFC president said it was a guarantee that Lesnar would return to the UFC — it was just a matter of when. White said Friday at the UFC’s 25th Anniversary press conference that Lesnar’s return is not yet a done deal, but that he is still under contract with the premier MMA promotion.
“No, that’s not 100 percent,” White said. “I mean, he’s still under contract with the UFC, but we have not signed him to a fight.
“He’s still under contract with us, too. He still has fights left on his deal.”
Lesnar’s first step should he announce a UFC return is re-entering the USADA drug-testing pool. Though his contract with the company never expired, he did drop out of the testing pool after his departure in summer 2016.
Lesnar returned to action against Mark Hunt at UFC 200, but after testing positive in a USADA-administered drug test, he returned to pro wrestling. Lesnar was given a one-year suspension but never completed it. He will have to do so before competing in the UFC cage again.
As far as a potential first opponent for Lesnar, White said he could face the winner of the upcoming superfight between heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier. The pair of UFC champions face off in the highly-anticipated main event of UFC 226 at this year’s International Fight Week.
“Yeah, that’s a possibility,” White said.
Cormier offered his reaction to that news shortly thereafter, and “DC” seemed rather pleased.
“Conor called it red panty night,” Cormier said. “When you go on a card with Brock Lesnar or fight Brock Lesnar, it’s like green panty night, because it’s raining money. When you fight Brock, you get paid. (Fighting) Brock Lesnar would be awesome, because you get paid when you fight with Brock Lesnar or against Brock Lesnar.”