Former UFC and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar was the talk of MMA in the days leading up to UFC 168. The internet and MMA insiders were speculating that Lesnar was planning a surprise comeback into the cage and that the UFC was possibly going to make the announcement at a press conference the day of last Saturday’s big show.
But Saturday came and went and Lesnar never showed up — in the UFC. Two days later, Lesnar did make a return to television, however — back to the WWE.
— Brooklyn Brawler (@brawlerreal) December 31, 2013
Lesnar last wrestled in the WWE at SummerSlam, where he took on CM Punk.
Lesnar was rumored to return to the UFC as a possibly replacement for Georges St-Pierre, who recently decided to step away from mixed martial arts. The thinking was that Lesnar could return in 2014 for a couple specialty attraction matches and spark a big PPV buyrate for the UFC.
Lesnar, however, appears to be set remaining with the WWE, where he is scheduled to compete at January’s Royal Rumble and then at WrestleMania. Lesnar returned on Monday Night Raw and gave his signature move, the F5 to former WWE champion Mark Henry.
Lesnar knocked out Randy Couture to win the UFC heavyweight championship. He reigned supreme until a battle with diverticulitis sidelined him. Although he tapped out Shane Carwin in his return, he was never quite the same. He lost his UFC heavyweight championship to Cain Velasquez and then was knocked out by Alistair Overeem.
Lesnar fought in the main event of UFC 100, in a grudge match against Frank Mir. The PPV event reportedly drew about 1.6 million PPV buys.
Known as “The Beast,” Lesnar competed in the WWE before joining the UFC. He is the only man to win the UFC and WWE championships.