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Dana White confident on Brock Lesnar UFC return

Kristian Ibarra

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Jul 9, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Brock Lesnar (red gloves) enters T-Mobile Arena before his fight against Mark Hunt (blue gloves) during UFC 200 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports
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A transcendent talent in both professional wrestling and mixed martial arts, Brock Lesnar’s time inside the cage may not be up just yet. The former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE Universal Champion hasn’t competed inside the Octagon since July of 2016, but has been under the microscope for a possible MMA return ever since.

UFC president Dana White made waves over the weekend, sharing a photo of he and Lesnar while captioning the image with nothing but a cryptic smiley-face emoji. White has since elaborated on what potential future exists for Lesnar inside the Octagon.

“They’re very, very, very good,” White told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio when asked of Lesnar’s chances of fighting in the UFC again.

Lesnar last competed at UFC 200 in July 2016, originally defeating Mark Hunt via unanimous decision in the night’s co-main event. That marked Lesnar’s first professional bout in almost five years, and his first victory in more than six. The win would eventually be overturned, however, with Lesnar failing two drug screenings before his fight. He was suspended 12 months retroactive to July 2016, and fined $250,000.

The former champion withdrew his name from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s random drug testing pool after retiring sometime in the winter of 2016, effectively freezing the ban. If he opts to return, he would need to officially un-retire and reenlist into the USADA testing pool for more than six months before competing.

A blockbuster draw in both his runs with the UFC, Lesnar won the heavyweight championship just four fights into his professional fighting career. He held a share of the record for consecutive heavyweight title defenses (two) before current champion Stipe Miocic surpassed the mark earlier this year.

Kristian Ibarra was the lead MMA writer for the FanRag Sports Network. He also served as the evening news desk editor. He graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in journalism and a minor in rhetoric and writing studies. His work has been featured on Bleacher Report, FOX Sports San Diego and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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