WWE superstar turned former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar has been making some headlines recently. UFC president Dana White met with him at UFC 146 and it “couldn’t have gone worse”. But it’s still not over.
Lesnar is still in the middle of drama between the UFC and WWE. Lesnar’s appearance on RAW following his retirement from the octagon drew huge ratings. But after he met with Dana White, he has been written off the WWE programming and his expected return match against Triple H at SummerSlam is in question.
Bryan Alvarez of Figure Four Weekly has more on Lesnar and his WWE contract:
The WWE side almost universally claims that Brock has an iron-clad contract and that there is no way he could fight for UFC until that contract expires following WrestleMania 29 in April of 2013. On the UFC side, there are people who insist that his contract is non-exclusive (more than one source used the term “on loan to WWE”), and that he and White were discussing a potential fight during the meeting. Not everyone in UFC believes he’ll fight. Some believe that even if his WWE contract allowed it, his heart really isn’t into fighting and all of this is some sort of ploy by Lesnar to increase his bargaining power or leverage with WWE.
Geno Mrosko of Cageside Seats has his own thoughts on Lesnar:
All we can really tell here is Lesnar is definitely in business for himself. But that’s not exactly news. When he left UFC, he had one fight left on his contract but the understanding was that if he retired and wanted to go to WWE, White would allow him to do so. And why wouldn’t he? It seems interesting now, though, that Lesnar has dipped his toe back in the Octagon waters and perhaps gotten White’s hopes up for a return to fighting that hasn’t come to pass. That could be why folks are maintaining that Brock will return at some point soon. If White wanted to make a power play, theoretically, he could.
Even with new information here, I maintain my stance that Lesnar is simply leveraging himself for better treatment while he works with WWE. His career in fighting could still be lucrative but if he went back and was badly beaten, as he has been the last two times in the cage, it would badly damage his brand, perhaps beyond repair. And with his appeal already seemingly at a low point based on the Extreme Rules buyrate (and you know the right folks will spin it that way), he needs to maintain whatever appeal he still has left.
With big name UFC fighters dropping like flies from injury, Brock Lesnar would certainly be a huge draw business wise if he returned to the octagon.
Although frowned upon by many MMA fans for his lack of credentials, like it or not, Brock Lesnar is still a big name in MMA.
What would you think if the former “baddest man on the planet” eventually returned to the cage?Tags: Brock Lesnar, business, Dana White, draw, featured, former champion, octagon, return, ufc contract, Welterweight