Morning Report: Dana White talks the return of Brock Lesnar and a move to MMA for CM Punk

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

While we weary MMA fans trudge on, the inescapable rumors surrounding former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and his possible return to fighting persist. According to UFC president Dana White, Lesnar isn't happy with how his short-lived MMA career ended in 2011.

"He wants to," White told TMZ Thursday. "He feels like, because of his illness that he had while he was [in the UFC], he wasn't 100%. He'd like to take another run at it so we'll see what happens."

Asked if a return to fighting would mean leaving professional wrestling behind, White doesn't think that would need to be the case.

"I think he wants to do both. He's doing well over [in the WWE]. When his schedule opens up I think he'd like to fight."

After reports surfaced this week that WWE superstar CM Punk could also be interested in transitioning into MMA, Dana White seemed completely unaware during his UFC 169 pre-fight media scrum.

"I was with him all night in Chicago [for UFC on FOX 10], but he never said anything to me about it," says White. "I like him. He's a great guy. [35] is a little late to get into the game, but who knows if he can fight. I don't know. We'll see what happens. But I like him a lot. He's a nice guy."

White did, however, perk up upon hearing the pro wrestling standout had walked out on the WWE and owner Vince McMahon.

"He quit? Really. Hmm. He hasn't said a word to me. He hasn't reached out to me. I was with him all night in Chicago. He never said a word about it. He just showed up. We talked about lots of things. Fighting was not one of them."

While I doubt we see either man step inside the Octagon, I'd imagine Lesnar's possible return to be slightly more probable than seeing a millionaire white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu make his UFC debut at 35.


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MEDIA STEW

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New Tommy Toe Hold.

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Alan Belcher checks in from Rio.

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Long watches.

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TWEETS

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Cleared.

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Brutal.

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Yes.

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So hitting on Miesha didn't work.

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Here's the link if interested.

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Strange to see him with hair.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Jan. 30 2014)

Bethe Correia vs. Jessamyn Duke at UFC 172

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Mark Bocek vs. Evan Dunham at TUF Nations Finale

Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC Fight Night Abu Dhabi

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Roberto Arellano.

Dark horse Ricardo Lamas looks to dethrone Jose Aldo. Well, why not?

Only four days away from the biggest night in Ricardo Lamas' (13-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) career, he must be relieved. On Saturday, Lamas will finally have the chance to challenge Jose Aldo (23-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) for the UFC featherweight title. Of course, for most people, having to step inside the octagon opposite a fighter who is regarded as one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world does not sound particularly exciting. But for Lamas, UFC 169 represents the opportunity to bring to fruition his dream of proving he is the best in the world.

"(In 2012) Hatsu Hioki was actually offered a title fight before he fought me," Lamas recalls. Hioki, however, thought it best to take one more fight before challenging Aldo for the title. Unfortunately for Hioki, the fight was against Ricardo Lamas who ended up taking a unanimous decision victory over the top contender and therefore derailing the UFC's plans.

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