by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
UFC heavyweight titleholder, NCAA wrestling champion, and former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar will be back in the Octagon most likely in July, according to Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White.
“He could fight probably in July (in Vegas), end of June or July,” White told a group of media following the UFC 109 pre-fight press conference on Thursday.
Lesnar has been sidelined battling a serious case of diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder that nearly ended his fighting career. But despite a grim early prognosis, Lesnar has fully recovered and now waits to see who his next opponent will be.
While his health was uncertain and his return unknown, the UFC put together an interim title bout between former champion Frank Mir and Shane Carwin, as well as another showdown between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez.
“We gotta find out what’s gonna happen with the next two fights, the heavyweight fights, and then we’ll figure out what we’re gonna do,” said White. “This fight (Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira) will happen in Australia first, then we’ll do the Newark fight (Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin), and if those guys come out of that fight healthy, we’ll do that fight.”
So if the winner of Mir and Carwin is healthy and ready to go, he will face Lesnar in late June or early July in Las Vegas.
Lesnar last competed at UFC 100 in July defeating Frank Mir in a rematch to unify the UFC heavyweight title.