In what may end up being the biggest shock in MMA and pro wrestling news this year, Brock Lesnar has been officially announced to fight at next month’s UFC 200 pay-per-view.
The rumors began circulating early Saturday afternoon when MMA journalist Ariel Helwani broke the news that Lesnar was close to signing on the dotted line for his first fight since 2011. This came as a major shock to fans, as the former UFC Heavyweight Champion is currently one year into an extremely expensive three-year deal with WWE. Speculation arose that Lesnar had fought for an addition to his contract prior to WrestleMania – a rumor we are still trying to verify – which would allow him to fight for UFC at a future event.
According to the UFC announcement at 199 tonight, Lesnar is slotted in the co-main event on the card, and his opponent has yet to be named. While the loss of the highly anticipated Diaz/McGregor title fight (which has been moved to 202 in August) was a major blow to what may end up being the biggest show in UFC history, the addition of Brock Lesnar, possibly the sport’s highest drawing PPV star, is massive.
UFC 200 will be main evented by a Light Heavyweight title unification bout between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. Miesha Tate will defend her title against Amanda Nunes, while the rest of the card is stacked with huge names, including Diego Sanchez, Jose Aldo, Cain Velasquez, Johnny Hendricks, TJ Dillishaw and Frankie Edgar.