Astute viewers no doubt took note of the fact former UFC champion Brock Lesnar was in attendance last night at UFC 146, sitting cageside to take in the all-heavyweight PPV where he basked in the sight of rival Frank Mir getting mauled by Junior dos Santos in the evening’s headliner. The moment marked the first appearance for Lesnar at a UFC event since retiring from MMA in late December after a loss to Alistair Overeem.

Though Lesnar was only at UFC 146 as a fan it appears he may have been motivated to attend for both personal and professional reasons.

“Apparently now he’s a big fan,” UFC President Dana White joked at the post-show press conference when asked about the reclusive Lesnar being at the event, responding affirmatively to a follow-up question inquiring as to whether there was more to the story than the 34-year old simply wanting to watch the fights.

White elaborated slightly, saying he’d received a text message from Lesnar requesting a face-to-face meeting but hadn’t actually sat down with him yet. However, the outspoken executive’s attitude regarding Lesnar’s interest in at least one more fight inside the Octagon was positive throughout the entire line of questioning.

Lesnar was only 5-3 in his career but beat a number of notable peers during his brief stint in MMA including Randy Couture, Shane Carwin, and Mir. Recently he returned to this pro wrestling roots with a handful of appearances in WWE.

Check out the presser below with White-Lesnar material coming at the 13:25 mark: