DANA WHITE has addressed speculation that Brock Lesnar will make a shock return to the octagon next year.
Despite being inactive for the best part of a decade, the prospect of Lesnar strapping on his gloves again continues to be discussed.
That talk has ramped up as mixed martial arts’ premier promotion inches closer and closer to its historic UFC 300 card.
Lesnar, 46, headlined UFC 100 all the way back in 2009 and returned from a near five-year hiatus at UFC 200 in July 2016.
“I think Brock’s done,” White recently told Sports Illustrated. “I don’t think he ever comes back.”
Lesnar’s shock return to the octagon at UFC 200 saw him lock horns with beloved heavyweight Mark Hunt in the historic card’s co-main event.
Lesnar won the contest – his first since his brutal first-round defeat to fellow former champ Cain Velasquez – via unanimous decision.
But it was overturned to a No Contest after it emerged he twice tested positive for the banned fertility drug clomiphene – which can elevate testosterone levels in men – before the fight.
Lesnar isn’t the only former UFC champion to have been linked with a shock return at UFC 300.
It was claimed last month that former long-reigning women’s bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey – who is also now plying her trade in the WWE – has been rumoured to be training to make her comeback on the card.
White, however, has shot down the prospect of the UFC’s first-ever female fighter competing again.
He said: “There’s no shot. She’s accomplished everything she set out to do.
“Her dream was to win a UFC championship, then win a WWE championship, and she’s done it.
“Now she’s starting a family. Ronda has made so much money, and she’s still making a lot of money in sponsorships.”