Does Brock Lesnar contract contretemps with WWE presage UFC return?

From 2008 to 2010 he was the biggest pay-per-view draw in UFC history, since 2012 he's been the WWE's marquee man, now with his…

By: Nate Wilcox | 8 years ago
Does Brock Lesnar contract contretemps with WWE presage UFC return?
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From 2008 to 2010 he was the biggest pay-per-view draw in UFC history, since 2012 he’s been the WWE’s marquee man, now with his contract about to expire could Brock Lesnar be headed back to the Octagon?

Speculation is rife following Lesnar’s non-appearance on WWE Raw last night following tweets from the company promising he would appear. The WWE champ’s current contract is set to expire in just over a month. Lesnar has been a shrewd negotiator throughout his career and likely relishes the opportunity to pit the WWE against the UFC and Bellator in a three-way bidding war for his services.

According to Dave Meltzer at MMA Fighting, Lesnar got into a dispute with WWE CEO Vince McMahon about a “resolvable, but not yet resolved” issue regarding Lesnar’s new contract. The WWE would like to re-sign Lesnar before his contract ends and thereby avoid a bidding war. Brock owes the WWE three March cable TV appearances and a headlining turn on the annual WrestleMania PPV before he is free of his current deal.

Meltzer has more:

“It was always said Lesnar was interested in returning to UFC when this current deal expires, with the claim that he’s now healthy and felt he had unfinished business. But Lesnar turns 38 this summer, and would have been out of the sport more than three years if he were to return.

“The age, and because the odds are strong he would have more longevity as a pro wrestler than a fighter, seemed in favor of his signing a new pro wrestling deal.

“It was also thought with the WWE’s business losing so much due to the start of the WWE Network, and with the company doing extensive layoffs and cost-cutting, that they wouldn’t be able to afford Lesnar’s high dollar deal for minimal dates. But the network subscription base increased significantly in January, which has made a substantial economic difference. In addition, after C.M. Punk signed with UFC, WWE, as a publicly traded company often compared with UFC, would not want to lose another of its signature stars to the same organization.”

Lesnar lost his UFC heavyweight crown to Cain Velasquez in 2010 then retired from MMA following a 2011 loss to Alistair Overeem.

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Nate Wilcox
Nate Wilcox

Nate Wilcox is the founding editor of BloodyElbow.com. As such he has hired every editor and writer to work for the site. Wilcox’s writing for BE is known for its emphasis on MMA history, the evolution of fighting techniques and strong opinions. Wilcox developed the SBN MMA consensus rankings which were featured in USA Today from 2009 to 2011. Before founding BE, Wilcox was a political operative working for such figures as Senators John Kerry and Mark Warner and an early political blogger. He is the co-author of Netroots Rising, a history of the political blogosphere from 2003 to 2007. Wilcox also hosts the Let It Roll podcast on music history for the Pantheon Podcast Network.

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