Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is ending his mixed martial arts retirement to fight at UFC 200.
Lesnar left UFC after getting knocked out by Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in 2011. Since that defeat he’s been a hugely popular WWE wrestler but is now ready to return, reports Fox Sports.
Brock, who turns 39 next month, has also been fighting bowel condition diverticulitis which has been a factor in delaying his return to UFC – despite repeatedly stating that he’s keen.
There have also been several fights planned throughout the years that fell apart for various reasons. UFC president Dana White said Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko nearly happened in 2012, but it fell through after Emelianenko’s father passed away.
The UFC also tried to scoop Lesnar when his WWE contract ended last year, but Lesnar chose to renew with WWE instead.
He spoke about his struggle with the illness back in October on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast:
I felt robbed by diverticulitis. I felt robbed by being sick.
The official announcement from UFC during UFC 199 on Saturday night. However, WWE also released a stament clarifying that he’s still under contract with them too:
Brock Lesnar remains under contract to WWE, however, he has been granted a one-off opportunity to compete at UFC 200. Following this milestone event on July 9, Brock will return to WWE for SummerSlam Sunday in August.
Unsurprinsingly people are pretty pumped about to see the return of such an icon across both UFC and WWE:
— DraftKings Playbook (@DKPlaybook) June 5, 2016
Some fighters are already keen to face Brock in the Octogon for a match:
— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) June 5, 2016