The Best is back.

On Saturday night, the UFC announced former heavyweight champion and pay-per-view kingpin Brock Lesnar will be making his return to the Octagon at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. An opponent is expected to be announced in the coming days.

This news confirms the earlier reports of both Lesnar and the UFC being in negotiations.

The 38-year-old Lesnar (5-3) has not stepped inside the Octagon since suffering a first round TKO to current number one contender Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in December 2001. Following the defeat, Lesnar announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts due to complication with diverticulitis.

After hanging up the gloves, Lesnar made his return to World Wrestling Entertainment, where he most notably ended the Undertaker’s legendary undefeated streak at Wrestlemania.

Prior to losing to Overeem, Lesnar reached the pinacle of the sport in Nov. 2008 where fans saw him dethrone then-champion Randy Couture with second-round TKO. He would follow up this performance at record setting UFC 100 in July 2009, avenging his previous loss to Frank Mir with violent second round TKO. This event still stands as the highest selling pay-per-view in MMA history.

It should be noted the WWE has granted Lesnar permission for ONE fight inside the Octagon, with the belief he will return in time for SummerSlam in August.

WWE officials released the following statement regarding Lesnar’s Octagon return.

Brock Lesnar remains under contract to WWE, however, he has been granted a one-off opportunity to compete at UFC 200. Following this milestone event on July 9, Brock will return to WWE for SummerSlam on Sunday, August 21, live on WWE Network

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