UFC 300 is shaping up to be a massive event and now UFC President Dana White has revealed that there were no intentions of bringing back former stars for the historic event on April 13. He assured that matchmaking for the event is still going on and there are still many high-profile matchups expected. However, the promotion is not eyeing the surprise returns of celebrities like Ronda Rousey, Georges St-Pierre, or Brock Lesnar. The only title fights announced till now for the event are strawweight champion Zhang Weili against Yan Xianon, as well as Justin Gaethje defending his BMF title against Max Holloway.
The Promotion is not pursuing these former stars
White has revealed that the promotion is not actively pursuing the return of former stars such as Ronda Rousey, Georges St-Pierre, or Brock Lesnar for the historic UFC 300. He stressed that matchmaking for the card is ongoing and despite the importance of the event, exploring options such as the return of Rousey, St-Pierre, or Lesnar was never in the picture.
Rousey retired in 2016 and has focused on family and wrestling since then, while both GSP and Lesnar are in their 40s and have made it clear that their fighting careers are behind them.
Brock Lesnar’s last appearance in the promotion was at UFC 200 against Mark Hunt and since then he has shown no signs of returning. GSP last fought in 2017, when he won the UFC middleweight title against Michael Bisping. He has already shot down any chances of a return to the UFC.
UFC 300 Already features notable bouts
During an interview with Sportsnet in Canada, White said, “Ronda is not coming back. GSP is not coming back. Brock Lesnar is around 45 years old or 50. None of those calls were made.”
UFC 300 already features notable bouts, including Zhang Weili vs. Yan Xianan and Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway. UFC CEO has revealed that another title fight is on the way and that neither fight will come out of left field.
“This will be a type of card we have never created before. Every fight is a must-watch fight.” However, it is still unclear which fight will headline UFC 300 in April.