Brock Lesnar
Who will be Brock Lesnar’s next opponent in the UFC? (Joshua Dahl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mayor of “Suplex City” is eyeing his return to the octagon from the squared circle.  WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar last fought at UFC 200 against the “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt in what turned out to be a no-contest as Lesnar tested positive in a post-fight drug test.  Lesnar’s WWE contract is scheduled to end after Wrestlemania 34 in early April.  There is an extension option on that contract that is being rumored that it will be extended until late August.  This will set up an anticipated return for the former UFC Heavyweight champion.  Vendetta Sports looks at the potential UFC matchups once the “Beast Incarnate” returns.

1. Jon Jones

Potentially the most anticipated fight in UFC history would feature Jon “Bones” Jones coming off of suspension and moving up a weight class to face Lesnar.  Before Lesnar’s fight against Hunt at UFC 200, Lesnar was asked about a potential showdown with Jones.“Be careful what you wish for, young man,” Lesnar said  This is the fight that the world wants but the question is will the world get it.  Jones’ UFC future is in limbo for testing positive for steroids and a 4-year suspension is pending.  Although UFC Promoter Dana White is confident that “Bones” will be back in the Octagon soon, a 4-year suspension would be the nail in the coffin for the blockbuster match and his career.

2.Francis Ngannou

The French/Cameroon phenom Francis Ngannou is coming off his first UFC defeat at the hands of current UFC Heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic.  This would be a hard-hitting affair and the perfect way for Ngannou to bounce back.  It is well documented that Brock hates to get hit and Ngannou has the hardest punch in all of the UFC.  If Jon Jones isn’t ready to go, this would be a great consolation for UFC fans.

“As a challenger, I need and want to fight some people because that would give me the opportunity to get to the title shot,” Ngannou said. “[But] as a champion, I think you are going to see them come. Also, I think the fight that I would like to see is Ngannou against Brock Lesnar. It’s not my deal, it’s the UFC’s deal. He’s a huge guy and seems like a very powerful guy. I want to test him.”

3. Cain Velasquez

The two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is currently healing from several injuries and is need of a dance partner for his summer 2018 return.  Velazquez has not fought since a first-round knockout of Travis Browne in July of 2016.  The anticipated return from a two-year hiatus would be icing on the cake if Lesnar was part of this showdown.  This matchup would be a rematch from UFC 121, Velazquez knocked out a Diverticulitis ridden Brock Lesnar to capture his first UFC Heavyweight Championship.  A healthy Velazquez and Lesnar would make this fight extra special and filled with action.

4. Stipe Miocic

UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic has fought and beaten the top 5 of the UFC Heavyweight division and now has his sights set on Light Heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier.  The two champions will face off at UFC 226.  A Miocic win would make his next fight hard to make by UFC Matchmaker Sean Shelby, enter Brock Lesnar.  The two heavyweights have never met in the Octagon and would be the ultimate decider of who the “Baddest Man on the Planet” really is.  It would be hard in my mind to grant Lesnar a Heavyweight title fight after only fighting once in five years.

5. Derrick Lewis

I think in order to get to a title fight and a showdown with Miocic, Lesnar has to earn it.  A “Beast Incarnate” vs. “The Black Beast” matchup would definitely be an entertaining lead up to the fight and fireworks during it.  Lewis is coming off a knockout loss to the man that Lesnar unofficially defeated Mark Hunt.  Lewis has a date with Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 126, barring a disaster Lewis should be able to pick up the win.  This would set up a logical return fight for Lesnar and a chance for Lewis to shoot up the rankings with a win.”Brock Lesnar is not a fighter,” Lewis said ahead of his clash with Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 90  “He’s scared to be hit”