WWE News: Brock Lesnar Challenges Daniel Cormier For UFC Heavyweight Title
Sunday, July 8, 2018
At least WWE fans finally understand.
Several weeks ago, former-Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen talked about Brock Lesnar on his Facebook page and his rumored involvement in the UFC 226 main event. That match featured the UFC Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and former-Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
Sonnen theorized after listening to rumors that Lesnar would be in attendance at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 226 and show up after the championship bout to challenge the winner.
Meanwhile, Lesnar currently holds the WWE Universal champion for a non-fighting promotion.
The West Linn, Oregon native was correct and the rumors were true. Cormier knocked out Miocic to capture his first-UFC Heavyweight title in one round. Per tradition in the UFC, Cormier was interviewed after the fight. Instead of celebrating his victory by thanking the fans, his parents, or his training partners, he called out the WWE Universal champion in the octagon.
In a complete twist of events, Lesnar appeared from the depths of the T-Mobile Arena with a lane opening in front of him to the octagon and the two behemoths met face-to-face. A few pleasantries were shared and Lesnar, who normally isn't given a microphone in the WWE, cut a scathing, but short promo and welcomed the challenge against Cormier.
Many are calling this a superfight. WWE fans are calling it a sign of tranquility.
This was not an act that was decided on Saturday while Lesnar had free time on his hands. Lesnar's public showing on the UFC's grandest stage was a pre-meditated, public relations plan that was meant to create controversy and hype a 'super-fight.' The UFC succeeded. UFC President Dana White's smile could be seen from Stamford, Connecticut.
For those that don't think the WWE was even a part of the festivities, WWE.com published an article on their website, and pushed it out to their social media accounts.
As social media weathers the storm that was UFC 226, the story now becomes the aftermath. In a recent article by Barnburner, WWE analyst Brad Shepard reported that Lesnar is confirmed for SummerSlam, set to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, August 19. He’s also slated to appear on the Monday Night Raw afterwards in the same venue.
That’s only the WWE part, which doesn’t involve a drug test, recent suspension and official contract yet to be signed. Following Lesnar’s victory at UFC 200 over Mark Hunt in 2016, he was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for one year, due to two failed drug tests in relation to the fight. Lesnar also paid a $250,000 fine. As of July of 2017, the Beast Incarnate became inevitable to return to MMA.
Well, he did.
The rumored turmoil between Lesnar and the WWE was never documented to 100-percent accuracy. There’s a lot of talk throughout the WWE community about his relationship with the company. To allow an educated guess, it’s as pessimistic as some may surmise. It is a business at the end of the day and making money is the name of the game. Lesnar still makes the company money, but only when he shows up.
On Saturday night, he did more in one night in the UFC than he has in one year for the WWE. Lesnar promoted a fight that’s not even official yet that had the entire world talking. The world hasn’t reacted like they did for UFC 226 about a Lesnar match in WWE since WrestleMania 30.
He really wants to fight again. It’s up to him and Vince McMahon to allow that to happen. If the past 24 hours are any indication, Lesnar will drop the WWE Universal championship at SummerSlam, or the WWE Raw following. It will provide a breath of fresh air for WWE fans to see the main belt on the program on a regular basis in years.
WWE superstar Kevin Owens won the Universal championship on WWE Raw on August 29, 2016. He held it for 188 days and lost it to Goldberg at the Fastlane pay-per-view in March of 2017. March 4 was the last time a full-time WWE superstar held the title.
Come August, it may happen again.
Thank you, UFC.