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Morning Report: Brock Lesnar not giving up on a return to the UFC

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Brock Lesnar admits that he has some challenges to overcome but tells his fans to not rule out a return to the UFC for the former heavyweight champion.

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Though a return to the UFC doesn't appear to be in Brock Lesnar's immediate future, the former heavyweight champion isn't ruling it out.

Lesnar made his UFC debut in 2008 after a successful stint in the world of professional wrestling. He went on to claim the UFC heavyweight championship when he knocked out Randy Couture at UFC 91. After he defended his title over Frank Mir at UFC 100, Lesnar was sidelined with a case of diverticulitis. He returned and defended his belt one more time against Shane Carwin before losing it to Cain Velasquez. After another loss to Alistair Overeem, Lesnar retired from MMA, in part due to the toll diverticulitis had taken on him. Then, after a five year hiatus from MMA, Lesnar returned to the UFC for a "one-off" fight at UFC 200, winning a unanimous decision over eighth ranked Mark Hunt.

After the bout, speculation was rampant that Lesnar would return to MMA full time. Despite the rumors, Lesnar returned to the WWE and headlined WWE SummerSlam on August 21. Ahead of his WWE match this past weekend, Lesnar spoke briefly with TMZ sports, addressing whether he would ever return to MMA.

"I've got a few challenges to overcome before I can get there. I don't know. For right now, I'm gonna focus on my WWE career. I wanted to step back into the octagon and avenge my loss against diverticulitis. Sunday I'm facing Randy Orton at Summerslam and that's really all that's on my mind."

The "challenges" Lesnar speaks of are his failed drug tests resulting from his UFC 200 appearance. Lesnar failed an out-of-competition drug test performed by USADA on June 28 as well as an in-competition test taken at UFC 200; both failures were for hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogen agent. Lesnar was tested 8 times in the lead up to UFC 200 and passed multiple tests before his failure on June 28.

Lesnar's first hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is set for Tuesday, Aug. 23. It is expected that he will receive a temporary suspension until a full hearing can be held. Lesnar faces a two years suspension and fines from the NSAC, which would possibly end the career of the 39 year old Lesnar. However, Lesnar told his fans not to give up hope.

"To my fans that watch me in the octagon, I thank them for their support. This has been a bumpy road. I'm gonna get through this alright. And there will be a day, maybe, that they'll see me back in the octagon."

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MUST-READ STORIES

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Results. UFC 202 happened this weekend. Here are the results.

That means it's next. Dana White says a trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz isn't happening "right now".

Chasing paper. Nate Diaz says he won't fight again until he and Conor McGregor "go for round 3."

Sit back. Anthony Johnson unconcerned about Jon Jones taking his title shot, says Jones can "sit back and wait."

Promises. Cody Garbrandt says Dominick Cruz woke up a "beast" and vows to knock him out.

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EXTRA CREDIT READING

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Technique. Patrick Wyman of Bleacher Report does a technical recap of UFC 202.

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MEDIA STEW

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Road to the Octagon: Maia-Condit

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Post fight show with the fellas.

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Scott Coker talking about Bellator and telling stories.

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Fights!

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LISTEN UP

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BATB

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6th Round.

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Parting Shot

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TWEETS

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Certified official.

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So does this mean Khabib is next?

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I'm pretty down for Rumble-DC 2.

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And Conor did. Dude is a really great fighter.

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That took an aggressive turn.

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C'mon man. Damn. And if it is Alex Nicholson, then that's just the worst.

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Pimpin ain't easy.

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Mike Goldberg. Professional word speaker.

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Vettori is a good looking prospect.

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It appears Tecia Torres and Rocky Pennington got hitched? If so, congrats!

What happens in Vegas......lasts forever @teciatorres

A photo posted by Raquel Pennington (@raquel_pennington) on 

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Congrats!

I'm a dad! This beautiful girl was born yesterday at 6pm and I haven't stopped staring at her.

A photo posted by Dustin Poirier (@dustinpoirier) on 

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You too can be the next Mike Perry. Try not to have racist cornermen though.

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Ouch

I know some of you have heard, in training I suffered an injury that has forced me out of my up coming fight in Vancouver. During drilling I separated my AC joint in my right shoulder. The only way to describe what happened is that it was a freak accident. Words can not describe my disappointment. Now healed from my last injury, I had a great match up and was going to put on an even better show for everyone. Not being able to fight is devastating because it's not only my passion but my lively hood. I want to thank all of my family, friends, fans, and sponsors for your love and support. I want to thank my teammates and coaches for a great camp and for helping me to stay positive. I've had a tough journey to get to where I am, so this is just a small bump in the road. I will be back soon and even more motivated and hungry! Sorry if I let anyone down!

A photo posted by Josh Emmett (@joshemmett155) on 

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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2010: Jorge Santiago successfully defended his Sengoku middleweight championship by defeating Kazuo Misaki at at Sengoku 14.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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Damn. What a fight. Conor McGregor looked fantastic and silence all the doubters (myself included) by fighting a tactical gameplan for the full 25. Personally, I scored the bout a draw but I don't have any real issue with McGregor getting the nod. And frankly I'll be surprised if they don't run the trilogy fight back immediately. Conor doesn't really care about the 145 belt. He's got his sights set on bigger game and a return to 145 really doesn't offer him a lot of upside at this point. Plus, he appears to have put on some muscle and I'm genuinely not sure he can make the cut anymore. Plenty of more interesting fights for him at 155 anyway.

Hope you enjoyed the weekend M.Rmy. We're back at it again for another fight week. Have a great day and see you tomorrow.

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