Paul Heyman Thinks Daniel Cormier Is Desperate For Brock Lesnar Fight, Doesn't Expect Lesnar UFC Return

Brock Lesnar last competed in MMA in 2016, and we probably shouldn't count on him doing it again.

The 43-year old Lesnar hasn't fought in four years, but teased a 2018 return after UFC 226. According to his longtime advocate Paul Heyman, he doesn't see a return to the cage for Lesnar. He elaborated on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show.

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"No. Number one, I don't think there's enough money to get him to do it. Number two, I don't know what would entice him to do so. Number three, when Brock came back at UFC 200 and survived being punched in the face by Mark Hunt and won the fight, I think the itch got scratched. This is just me speculating, I think Brock would have been willing to step in the cage with Fedor if the deal was right. I don't know why it wasn't right for Brock, Fedor, or UFC. Obviously, that's history now. He scratched that itch and proved everything he wanted to prove to himself, the MMA community, and the sports world. There are other challenges for Brock now and I don't think MMA is one of them. If there is a challenge for him, someone who interests him, box office appeal for him and something he can sink his teeth into, he is a beast that will always rise to the occasion. Personally, I don't see what that is in the current framework of MMA. As we learned in 2020, you can't predict tomorrow. Everything you know as reality today, will change tomorrow," Heyman said.

What's Brock up to these days? He's a melon farmer. Well, maybe not melons, but he's farming.

"Brock Lesnar loves being a farmer, and enoys fatherhood, tremendously. He's a magnificent father to his children. He's very happy being a farmer," Heyman later said about Lesnar's future plans, noting that Brock Lesnar would be likely to do something that would make financial sense and creatively inspire him.

In 2018 and 2019, there were tentative plans for Lesnar to face Daniel Cormier. Heyman thinks Cormier is desperate for the fight.

"Daniel Cormier main evented Madison Square Garden, and at the end of the fight calls out Brock Lesnar. Shows you the box office appeal of Brock Lesnar, and how desperately the UFC and Daniel Cormier wanted him back. I don't know how close Brock was, because I don't know UFC was willing to put together the right deal to entice Brock Lesnar to knock out or tap out Daniel Cormier in the first round," said Heyman.

You can see the full interview with Paul Heyman on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show at the top of the page. When using this transcript, credit Fightful and link back to this page.

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