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July 24, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Brock Lesnar UFC return rumors, WWE Battleground preview, more

There were a ton of rumors going around that UFC wanted to put Stipe Miocic vs. Brock Lesnar on the 11/4 show at MSG.

That would look to be impossible, given Lesnar’s suspension, but there is clearly smoke to the fire in the sense that Lesnar will apparently be putting himself in the USADA drug testing pool. While he made no public announcement, that means he would no longer be considered a retired fighter. Several sources have said Lesnar had already put himself in the drug testing pool but Jeff Novitzky told MMA Fighting that as of 7/19, that was not the case, and that Lesnar had not even officially inquired about being put back into the testing pool.

In addition, UFC is attempting to put together Miocic vs. Cain Velasquez as the heavyweight title fight for later this year.

And even that isn’t close to happening, as Miocic’s management has said he’s not even willing to discuss a fight until contract issues with UFC are settled.

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