UFC 146 Results: 5 Potential Opponents for Brock Lesnar's Possible UFC Return

Jonathan Snowden@JESnowdenCombat Sports Senior WriterMay 28, 2012

UFC 146 Results: 5 Potential Opponents for Brock Lesnar's Possible UFC Return

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    No one is ever sure what's going on in Brock Lesnar's world—a world best described a labyrinthine. Brock Lesnar is an enigma. The most popular star in the UFC's short history, he walked away from the Octagon, and millions of dollars per fight, to rejoin the wild and wacky world of professional wrestling.

    This, of course, comes just a few years after making the opposite journey, traveling from the WWE to find his way in legitimate sport, first trying the NFL before settling on the Octagon.

    The WWE honeymoon, it seems, is over. 

    Lesnar met with UFC President Dana White after the UFC 146 all-heavyweight extravaganza at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Although White had nothing to announce, he did suggest in the post-fight press conference that Lesnar might indeed be coming back to the cage.

    So, let's play along. If Lesnar does come back, here are five men besides Frank Mir who could meet him in the middle.

Stefan Struve

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    If Lesnar is expected to compete multiple times for the UFC, it just makes sense to set him up for success.

    Stefan Struve would be a great tune-up fight. He'd likely be physically overwhelmed by big Brock, and he's young enough in his career to recover from a loss.

    Some will decry using a young contender to build Lesnar, but let's face it—Struve isn't likely ever going to be a money player. He's the perfect patsy in the "Let's Rebuild Lesnar" movement.

Daniel Cormier

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    If you want to go the opposite direction, using Lesnar's name recognition to build up a fresh face, you could do worse than Daniel Cormier.

    The former Olympian has a quiet charisma and real potential to be one of the best in the division.

    He's quicker than Lesnar, has better hands, and on paper at least, is the better wrestler. Let him get his hands on Brock. The high-profile win would be the perfect prelude to a title shot for the Strikeforce Grand Prix winner.

Fedor Emelianenko

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    When the two men were last rumored to meet, many UFC insiders believed it would be the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history.

    Now, admittedly diminished as a box-office draw, this is still a dream match for hardcore fans.

    Fedor, in the Octagon for the first time, against a returning Brock Lesnar? That's enough to make goose pimples appear.

Roy Nelson

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    "Big Country" Roy Nelson has been begging for this fight for some time. There's something he sees in Lesnar's game he feels he can exploit. Or, maybe, like so many others, he sees the dollar signs that attach themselves to Lesnar.

    Could Nelson catch Lesnar with that booming overhand right before the former NCAA champion could deposit him on his not insignificant posterior?

    I'd pay to find out.

Alistair Overeem

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    Last year, the two men met in the final main event of 2011. Overeem decimated Lesnar, tearing up his insides and driving him straight into retirement.

    That was, of course, before a random drug test revealed Overeem's testosterone-to-epitestosterone levels were several times the legal limit before he was suspended for nine months. Before the Lesnar win, and all that came before it, was called into question.

    Imagine Lesnar's return and Overeem's return coinciding? The two once again meeting to close the year? It feels like fate.


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