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Brock Lesnar Likely to Return at UFC 116 on July 3 in Las Vegas

Brock LesnarUFC President Dana White said Thursday that UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar would likely make his anticipated return in July, and MMAjunkie today reported that his return is targeted for UFC 116 on July 3 in Las Vegas

While the event is in the works and expected to take place, a venue for the event has not yet been determined and the UFC has yet to request the date with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Lesnar (4-1) hasn’t fought since a successful title defense of Frank Mir last July at UFC 100, as a bout with diverticulitis forced him to withdraw from a November matchup against Shane Carwin and sidelined him until he resumed training in January.

Previously targeted for a May return, Lesnar is expected to face the winner of an interim title bout between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin set for March’s UFC 111, though he could take on the winner of a February matchup between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira should the Mir-Carwin winner be unable to fight in July.

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