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Brock Lesnar will fight at UFC 200 in return to MMA

Brock Lesnar celebrates his second-round victory over Shane

Brock Lesnar celebrates his second-round victory over Shane Carwin during their heavyweight title match at UFC 116 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (July 3, 2010) Credit: AP

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Brock is back in the UFC.

Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will return to mixed martial arts with a bout at UFC 200 in Las Vegas next month, the promotion announced Saturday night.

Lesnar is one of the biggest pay-per-view stars in UFC history, setting records for the promotion during his eight-fight MMA career between stints as a professional wrestler.

He won the heavyweight title by stopping Randy Couture in his fourth fight, and he defended the belt at the record-setting UFC 100 in 2009.

But Lesnar hasn’t fought in the UFC since 2011, when he lost his second straight bout. He eventually returned to the WWE, but said he kept training in MMA.

The UFC didn’t announce an opponent for Lesnar, who turns 39 next month.

New York Sports