Weeks ago, Lesnar's advocate Paul Heyman revealed that The Beast's next Universal Title defense was facing contractual issues due to a lack of confidence in WWE to find a suitable challenger. He was expected to drop the belt to Roman Reigns at the event.
Lesnar came out of a almost five-year retirement to face Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in Las Vegas. "The last time I fought someone I was bigger than was Jeff Monson, that was in (2011) and I felt like Muhammad Ali out there (because) I had the reach advantage, the only time I've had the reach advantage".
Lesnar, 40, hasn't fought in the UFC since he defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision at UFC 200 in July 2016.
"In our studying, we knew Stipe would back out of the clinch a little bit with his hands low, so I worked on that", Cormier said. The following sequence of events saw Lesnar being fined $250,000 and being suspended from the octagon for one full year in-which he would be able to return after he served that one year suspension.
Here are my thoughts on what comes next for the triumphant fighters from UFC 226. Who knows when and if Conor McGregor will ever return.
The pair briefly faced off, before Lesnar firmly shoved the newly-crowned champion backwards.
"I am 39 years old and I've been second many times", he told co-commentator Joe Rogan after the fight.
"It's another fight for me", he said.
Cormier has proven to be a reliable draw for the UFC in his two bouts with Jones.
It's another huge blow to UFC pay-per-views and tickets already sold for the live event. The big win, the one that would have confirmed his greatness, so often seemed to elude him.
The storyline writes itself: Friends since their amateur wrestling days in 1997, now competing for MMA's ultimate prize.