Brock Lesnar admits his long-term future in UFC remains unclear as he prepares to make his highly-anticipated comeback.
Former heavyweight champion Lesnar will return to the octagon for the first time in nearly five years at UFC 200 on July 9 in a co-main-event fight with heavy-hitting Mark Hunt.
The 38-year-old’s fellow employer, WWE, described the MMA appearance as a one-off and have him under contract to perform in a starring role at its ‘Summer Slam’ in August.
When asked during a conference call ahead of UFC 200 whether he could continue to fight in UFC, Lesnar replied: “I haven’t given it much thought, I really haven’t.
He later added: “Ask me after the fight. I don’t know what’s going to happen. Right now, I’ve got one thing on my mind and that’s to prepare for this fight and get in there and fight.”
However, Lesnar insists that it was not the toil of performing in the scripted WWE which motivated him to return to the cage.
“Really no, I [considered it] for awhile, and really I was standing there one day on my property [in Canada] and just thought, ‘It’s time,’” he said.
“I can’t sit and think about this and be caught up in this thought process of wanting and wishing and wondering if I should do it.
“I’m a person who pulls the trigger. I don’t want any regrets. That’s how simple it really was. I didn’t want to be sitting around the rest of my days on this earth wondering why I didn’t step back in the cage again, so here we are.”
Despite having fought at the highest-selling pay-per-view in company history, UFC 100, in which he successfully defended his heavyweight belt against Frank Mir, Lesnar believes his previous stint was somewhat scupper by his health battle with the intestinal disorder diverticulitis.
“I want to get in there and be an athlete again. That’s what this is all about,” he added.
“I’m a competitor and I’ll be a competitor probably in a nursing home, racing my wheelchair around.”