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Two former WWE champions in Brock Lesnar & CM Punk are stepping in the Octagon this summer.

Brock Lesnar is easily the most decorated athlete in combat sports. A former NCAA, WWE and UFC Heavyweight Champion, Lesnar shocked the world on Saturday night when it was announced that he would return to the Octagon to compete at UFC 200 in Las Vegas. In an interview on ESPN that could have rivaled any of Kevin Owens’ “prizefighter” promos, Lesnar announced that he would be going up against heavy handed knockout artist Mark Hunt in the co-main event on July 9th.

The Lesnar news was so mind-blowing and kept hush hush by the UFC that they banned one of MMA’s most noted journalists for life for breaking the story. Lesnar’s last UFC fight was in 2011 against current heavyweight contender Alistar Overeem in which he lost by TKO. The moment Lesnar returned to a WWE ring, many fans believed that he sort of resented his UFC career ending the way it did after diverticulitis robbed him of his prime. After he re-signed with the WWE, he acknowledged countless times that the urge to get back in the Octagon was there — and thanks to a “one-night-only” deal between the UFC and WWE, Lesnar gets his wish.

How it came to be may be the stuff of legend. Lesnar and WWE chairman Vince McMahon had a “big boy” conversation in Lesnar’s words. Hunt, Lesnar’s opponent on the July 9th card is a 42-year-old knockout specialist with recent wins over Frank Mir and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva”. His knockout of Mir earned him his sixth fight night bonus in 12 career UFC fights. The win win for both Lesnar’s UFC desires and the WWE? Lesnar’s still set to compete against someone at Summerslam this August in Barclay’s Center.

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As far as CM Punk’s debut in the Octagon is concerned, there’s been many a setback. After a back injury forced him off yet another card, Punk vowed that he would indeed make his UFC debut. According to FloSports’ Jeremy Botter, that date is August 20th at UFC 202, the night before Summerslam.

It’s a bit ironic all things considered. So much WWE/UFC related moments occurring this summer, one could believe that Punk & Lesnar would eventually be squaring off in the Octagon in a shootfight much like the old UFC days. Let’s just hope nobody gets injured before all of these things happen.

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