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Morning Report: Paul Heyman says not to rule out the possibility of Brock Lesnar returning to ‘conquer’ MMA

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In 2004, Brock Lesnar left the WWE to pursue other endeavors. After a brief stint making a run at the NFL, Lesnar ended up beginning his career in MMA, landing in the UFC in 2008 and winning the heavyweight title at the end of that year. But a prolonged battle with diverticulitis cut Lesnar’s MMA career short and he retired from the sport in 2011.

Then, a little less than a year ago, Brock Lesnar returned to MMA after an almost five-year hiatus, winning a unanimous decision over Mark Hunt at UFC 200. It was billed as a “one-off” special event but Lesnar’s victory engendered hopes of a sustained return to the sport. Those dreams were short-lived though when Lesnar was flagged by USADA for an anti-doping violation shortly after UFC 200. The end result was Lesnar’s win being overturned to a no-contest and a one-year suspension for the MMA and wrestling superstar. In light of this, Lesnar once again retired from MMA to focus on professional wrestling.

But don’t count Lesnar out just yet. According to Lesnar’s close friend and on screen wrestling “advocate” Paul Heyman, Lesnar may well return to MMA one day to satisfy his competitive urges.

“Brock is, in his heart, a trained competitor,” Heyman recently told the Fight Society podcast. “Now whether that means he’s going to look at this environment and say ‘You know what, I didn’t make the Vikings team in 2004 but I bet in 2017 I can and just because I can I’m going to just to show people that I want to and I take it’. Because when we named him the conqueror, that’s what he is. He’s a legit conqueror. You put a task before him and he conquers it.

“I really can’t tell you that it’s out of the realm of possibility of Brock Lesnar to say ‘I’m taking a few months off from WWE, I want to see how many home runs I can hit for the Minnesota Twins.’ People may laugh at that, but it’s the same people that laughed at him in 2004 when he went for the Vikings camp and he was the last person cut and that’s with a broken jaw, a fractured pelvis and diverticulitis. I think what’s next for Brock Lesnar besides what’s happening in WWE. Could it be UFC? Could it be another sport? I think it’s something he’s going to look at and say ‘I bet no one thinks I can do that, all right I’m going to conquer that’.”

Heyman also said he sees that same competitive spirit in UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor is attempting to disprove the doubters by knocking out Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match, a task most view as even more unlikely than anything Lesnar has ever accomplished. But Heyman says that the for guys like Lesnar and McGregor, the impossibility of a task is what motivates them.

“It’s the same thing that’s motivating McGregor into wanting to fight Mayweather. Because, admittedly I would say, I’d have to say that a great deal of that is obviously the allure of the enormous payday but a lot of it also has to be the lure of ‘people think I can’t take this guy and I can take this guy.’ It’s the same thing with Brock.”

As for Lesnar’s next impossible task? Heyman says he doesn’t know what it will be but you shouldn’t bet against him coming back. Lesnar’s USADA suspension ends in July of this year and after winning the WWE title at Wrestlemania yesterday, it’s possible he’ll have his eyes set on reclaiming another championship belt in the future.

“It’s not just looking at UFC and he’ll say ‘At my worst, beating me cost Cain Velasquez 14 months of his career. When I was not 100 percent healthy, I beat the greatest heavyweight of all time, Randy Couture. When I came in for UFC 100, I was fighting a guy who had a psychological advantage because he tapped me out and is a former UFC heavyweight champion in Frank Mir and I pummeled him.’ At the same time, Brock could look at that and say ‘I want that again.’ He may do race car driving. You never know with him because something is going to trigger that. He’s going to be sitting there one day and someone is going to say can you imagine how hard that is to do? And he’ll look over and say, ‘Not for me’.”


MUST-READ STORIES

Never started. Thiago Alves says he’s done with fighting at lightweight.

Weirdo. Jimi Manuwa still wants a fight with “weirdo” David Haye.

Delusions of grandeur. Dillon Danis believes Conor McGregor knocks out Floyd Mayweather within five rounds.

Confidence. Wilson Reis is willing to give Demetrious Johnson an immediate rematch after beating him.

Retired. Dan Henderson says he has no desire to come out of retirement.

USADA. Lyman Good receives a six month USADA suspension for tainted vitamin.


VIDEO STEW

Free fight.

Bellator highlights.

Some McGregor content for y’all.

Tommy.

Fun scrap from the weekend.

Dern getting ed.

CES highlights.


LISTEN UP

Beatdown.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

She’s not wrong.

April Fool’s Day is the worst.

Nice to see Ali at least doing the trash talk on his own account.

Annnnnnnd then this happened.

Savage knee from the weekend.

Covington.

Nate and Pride veteran/Combate Americas president.

Gerald is unhappy.

Nice guy.

Porzingis knows.

Champions.

Chris Childs had hands.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Damir Hadzovic (10-3) vs. Marcin Held (22-6); UFC Fight Night: Stockholm, May 28.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2005: Fedor Emelianenko avenged the only loss of his career (at that point), stopping Tsuyoshi Kosaka at Pride Bushido 6.

2009: Bellator MMA held their first ever event which featured Eddie Alvarez submitting Greg Loughran with a guillotine choke in the first round of their lightweight tournament. Alvarez would go on to win that title and become the face of the organization.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Finally. We finally have another UFC fight week, and this one is actually a good one. This year has been entirely bereft of big cards, and while UFC 210 isn’t some kind of juggernaut, it does at least have a legitimate big fight to top it off. Feels like forever since we’ve had that.

That’s all for today, folks. Conor bless and see y’all tomorrow.


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