Rumor: Brock Lesnar Heading Back to UFC after WrestleMania
Former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar reportedly has plans to leave the WWE after this coming WrestleMania to re-join the UFC. Long-time MMA and Pro Wrestling media member Dave Meltzer – who’s got a good reputation when it comes to reporting WWE rumors – revealed the news on his website (subscription needed).
Here is an excerpt from Meltzer’s report:
“Speaking of Lesnar, even though he is no longer being advertised as one of the stars on the 1/19 Raw show in Dallas, he is still booked on the card. It’s a 180 from building the Raws that he was on around him as the top star to not even listing him as a top star.
The Lesnar people always keep things quiet, but within the company, the belief is that he’s going back to UFC, and his showing up lighter to TV last week confirmed that to people who thought it.
If it wasn’t for Punk, this would be a big deal, but with Punk, it’s a much bigger deal because the last thing WWE wants is this perception that UFC has just grabbed two of the company’s biggest stars. Lesnar is back on the 12/29 Raw in Washington, DC.”
There’s been whispers of this happening for quite some time. UFC president Dana White has been on record several times saying he is open to having Brock Lesnar back in the UFC. Lesnar was easily one of the biggest pay-per-view draws for the UFC during his time there.
With the UFC’s pay-per-view business on the decline, they’ve gone out and signed CM Punk, who is another former WWE star with potentially a lot of draw power.
Brock Lesnar’s services seem to be in very high demand, as Bellator MMA president Scott Coker has also went on record stating he’ll attempt to sign Lesnar as well.
Another factor which could play into Lesnar leaving the WWE is that his current contract expires after WrestleMania 31, which takes place on Sunday, March 29th, 2015.
And with the WWE reportedly losing $750 million this year, they likely won’t have the financial flexibility to offer the kind of money it takes to secure Lesnar’s services.
There’s also strong speculation that the WWE is already preparing for Lesnar’s departure and plan to have Brock Lesnar lose his title at WrestleMania to rising star, Roman Reigns.
Another interesting thing to ponder is that with WrestleMania only a couple of months away, if Lesnar wanted to stay with WWE, he likely would have re-negotiated a contract extension by now.
With Reebok set to be the official uniform for the UFC starting this summer, there’s a great chance Reebok would work with Lesnar on signature shirts/apparel with his name on it. That could potentially bring Lesnar a lot more revenue, since Reebok will be giving fighters a 20% cut of anything they sell related to the fighter.