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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar isn't going anywhere.
Following his loss to Cain Velasquez, Lesnar has asked the UFC for a fight with Roy Nelson, according to Bryan Alvarez on the "Wrestling Observer Live" radio show at F4WOnline.com. Per Alvarez, Lesnar believes Nelson would be a very difficult matchup and he wants another tough test.
However, Alvarez further states that the UFC will first offer Lesnar a third fight with Frank Mir. Lesnar faced Mir in his first UFC bout, losing by knee bar after nearly finishing Mir in the opening minute. He got his revenge in the rematch at UFC 100, bashing Mir repeatedly against the side of the cage, leading to the stoppage. A rubber match could be a pay-per-view blockbuster for the UFC.
Lesnar lost his Championship at UFC 121 to Velasquez in a brutal one-sided beating in the first round, suffering only the second loss of his young MMA career. A strange confrontation between himself and the WWE's Mark Caloway, a.k.a The Undertaker, caught on tape after Lesnar's loss, led to many reports of a possible angle between the two men.
Alvarez expanded upon what the WWE was attempting to do, and explained that Caloway meant to have the "confrontation" at the post-fight press conference, and the WWE is hoping to get Lesnar involved as a "special referee" for a match between the Undertaker and Wade Barrett in the WWE.
Whether anything comes of that or not, Lesnar wants to get back into the cage, and if it's Nelson or Mir, the former Champion will be hoping to improve his game after having some glaring holes exposed in his last two fights.
Penick's Analysis: Personally I'd much rather see Lesnar-Nelson over Lesnar-Mir III, as would I'm sure most hardcore MMA fans. Casual fans, however, are likely to clamor for the trilogy bout with Mir. It would be a bigger pay-per-view for the UFC, but then at the same time Lesnar will have fought three of his eight fights against the same guy. A Lesnar-Nelson matchup is extremely intriguing, because Nelson has shown some knockout power and he's got a very good ground game as well. He's not nearly as fast as Velasquez, however, and doesn't hit as hard as Shane Carwin, so how Lesnar's striking game improves before that fight would take place will be the story. I hope the UFC goes for that matchup with Nelson losing Carwin as a UFC 125 opponent, but with Nelson upset about being removed from that card, he may be wanting to get back into action before Lesnar can return.
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