UFC officials announced that the professional wrestling superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion will face an undisclosed opponent at UFC 200 on July 9. The news comes despite an announcement by Lesnar in March 2015 that he was “closing the door on MMA.”
The WWE said Saturday night that Lesnar was “granted a one-off opportunity” to return to the UFC for the July fight and that he’d return for WWE’s SummerSlam on Aug. 21.
Lesnar, who turns 39 next month, is a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion. He made a successful transition from professional wrestling to mixed martial arts in 2007. The UFC signed Lesnar despite a 1-0 professional record. He debuted against former champion Frank Mir and lost via submission.