The weekend was chock-full of hot MMA action and we’re here to give you a rundown of what happened.
Looks like the beast is finally back in the Octagon. At UFC 199, the UFC announced that former heavyweight champion and current World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler Brock Lesnar will fight in UFC 200. Lesnar confirmed the news by appearing on ESPN's SportsCenter, where he also revealed the identity of his opponent.
The 38-year-old Lesnar hasn't competed in MMA since his Dec. 2011 loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141. After the loss, Lesnar decided to retire from the Octagon due to struggles with diverticulitis. In 2012, he returned to the WWE where he has been wrestling part-time for the last four years.
Currently, Lesnar is still under a WWE contract. However, the company has released a statement announcing that they have given him a one-time opportunity to return to the MMA to compete in UFC 200.
An accomplished amateur wrestler in college, Lesnar built his fanbase through professional wrestling, winning the WWE Championship at only 25 years old, a company record. The UFC signed Lesnar in 2008. Just like his WWE career, he rose to the top immediately, winning the UFC belt in just his fourth MMA bout.
MMA fans rejoice! The long-awaited rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will finally happen at UFC 202 on August 20.
McGregor, the current UFC Featherweight champion, looks to get back at Diaz who handed him his first loss in the company back in UFC 196 last March. Diaz got the victory after submitting the Irishman with a rear-naked choke in the second round of the bout.
Fans couldn't be happier with this announcement, especially after the bizarre series of events that happened during the summer. On April, McGregor announced through Twitter that he was retiring from MMA. This came after the UFC removed him from the UFC 200 card due to his refusal to fulfill media obligations related to the fight.
McGregor soon retracted his retirement announcement saying that the tweet was his own way of promoting his fight with Diaz. In a Facebook post, McGregor admitted that the media obligations were becoming a distraction in his preparation.
UFC 199 rundown
The real action we got this weekend though came from UFC's pay-per-view event, UFC 199. Here are the best fights of the card:
Marco Polo Reyes defeats Dong Hyun Kim via KO
The lightweight contenders set the tone for the card, opening the night with a back-and-forth battle that was quickly hailed a classic. The UFC recognized both of their efforts and gave them Fight of the Night honors (and a bonus of $50,000 each).
Dan Henderson defeats Hector Lombard by KO
Even at 45 years old, Hendo's still got it. Currently the oldest signed fighter in the UFC, Henderson shocked everyone by ending his middleweight showdown with fellow Olympian and MMA veteran Lombard with a devastating back elbow.
Dominick Cruz defeats Urijah Faber by unanimous decision to retain UFC Bantamweight championship
Cruz used his patented footwork and elusiveness to frustrate the flat-footed Faber and pick up the decisive victory in their third meeting in the Octagon. It easy pickings for Cruz after he dropped Faber in the second round, with the UFC champion showcasing his unique striking and movement to frustrate his rival.
Michael Bisping defeats Luke Rockhold by KO to become the new UFC Middleweight champion
The main event saw Michael “The Count” Bisping, a 10-1 underdog, becoming Britain’s first-ever UFC champion, stunning previous titleholder Luke Rockhold in the first round.
Bisping's impressive TKO victory though will probably not be the last time we will see the two inside the Octagon. Their rivalry is now at a win a piece (Rockhold submitted Bisping in 2014), and with the way their verbal exchanges quickly got chippy at the post-fight press conference, it seems they want to settle the score soon:
We can't wait for Rockhold-Bisping III!