Brock Lesnar looks likely to make his return to the UFC against reigning heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier.
Regardless of your interest in the fight – from the perspective of a wrestling or MMA fan – money talks (in both sports). Lesnar is still seen as a huge draw in UFC, on account of the number of crossover fans who call love both sports. Ask any MMA fan, however, from the Crazy88 MMA gym in Baltimore to SBG Ireland in Dublin, and they will have mixed views on who they think will win.
Lesnar can’t beat Cormier, surely?
It doesn’t look likely at all.
Let’s take a look at Cormier’s record in MMA. All wins, aside from his controversial defeats to Jon Jones. One of those defeats was overturned to a No Contest on account of Jones testing positive for banned substances, which means he only ever (officially) lost one fight in his career.
The other defeat is controversial due to the fact that Jones is believed by some to have been taking performance-enhancing drugs around the time of the first fight. There is absolutely no proof of this, and these are allegations which have never been proven, but they are still seen as worthy of mention.
Cormier’s last victory was a knockout win over the most successful UFC heavyweight champion of all time, Stipe Miocic. If wrestling fans would have argued that Lesnar could have beaten Miocic a couple of months prior to his loss, the laughter would have been deafening. To think Lesnar can beat Cormier would not be considered such a ridiculous proposition, however.
Cormier has beaten everyone put before him, other than Jones. He is just the second fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in separate weight classes, simultaneously. He has wins over Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (2), Anderson Silva, Alexander Gustafsson, Dan Henderson, and many more. Remember, Cormier started out as a heavyweight and only moved down as his teammate, Cain Velasquez, was champion at the time.
We all know what happened when Lesnar fought Velasquez, right? If you don’t, check it out on YouTube.
Lesnar’s record in the UFC
First things first: Lesnar does not have an official win in the UFC in over eight years.
Yes, he beat Mark Hunt at UFC 200, but that fight was overturned when he tested positive for banned substances. In his last two bouts prior to that, he was stopped in the first round by Alistair Overeem and Cain Velasquez.
Lesnar’ last victory was a triangle-choke over Shane Carwin in 2010, with five victories out of his first six, overall
Brock is seen by many UFC fans as a bit of a novelty. He is certainly a fighter which many of MMA’s enthusiasts do not take seriously inside the Octagon but he is entertaining, nonetheless.
Cormier has said that Lesnar will be his last fight. It will be a nice send off for one of the true nice guys of MMA and will make him a nice parting wage. It will also be his last victory in the sport and probably Lesnar’s final appearance in the UFC.