Everyone, it seems, is in the Brock Lesnar sweepstakes. Everyone but his current employer, that is.
Currently working for the WWE, the former UFC heavyweight champion has long been the subject of a possible return to mixed martial arts, where the UFC would eagerly welcome him back. Added to the fray, however, is Bellator MMA, whose president, Scott Coker, has also expressed a strong desire to lure Lesnar to the fold.
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While Lesnar is currently a WWE Superstar and operating as the professional wrestling organization’s heavyweight champion, his contract is reportedly up after March of 2015. Having battled health issues during his first UFC tour, there is also strong speculation that a now-healthy Lesnar wants to give mixed martial arts another run.
Those flames of speculation received significant fuel in the form of a recent report from Dave Meltzer in his Wrestling Observer newsletter, which said that WWE officials are currently operating under the expectation that Lesnar is leaving when his contract is up.
While much of the chatter surrounding Lesnar has been just that, chatter, Meltzer is the leading crossover expert on the subjects of MMA and pro wrestling, which gives much more credence to the idea that Lesnar could be formulating a plan to return to the cage.
“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,” Meltzer said in the Wrestling Observer.
Like many others, UFC president Dana White heard rumblings of a possible Lesnar return to MMA months ago, and he would most readily welcome his company’s biggest pay-per-view star ever back with open arms.
“If Brock wants to come back, I have a great relationship with him, the door is open for him,” said White in November. “And if he doesn’t, I wish him all the best.”
And while White believes the UFC is the only option that Lesnar would consider if he did return to fighting, Coker believes that Bellator, backed by Viacom’s deep pockets, could make a run at acquiring Lesnar’s services.
“I think that he’s a big needle mover,” Coker said on a recent episode of The MMA Hour. “There have been several years that have passed and I think that he still has the WWE limelight. So, I think that he still has a lot of star power, but to come back and say, ‘Hey, I want to train, I want to commit, I want fight,’ that’s going to be a big commitment on his part. We haven’t had a conversation yet, but we’d like to at some point.”
White, however, doesn’t believe that Lesnar would consider Bellator as a reasonable option. It’s UFC or bust.
“Brock Lesnar wouldn’t go to Bellator. Brock wants to fight the best guys in the world. The best guys in the world are [in the UFC],” said White.
The question remains, however, that even if Lesnar doesn’t re-up with WWE when his current contract runs out, does that necessarily mean that he’d return to mixed martial arts?
Lesnar is now 37 years of age and hasn’t fought in three years. That’s a lot of catching up to do, even if UFC champion Cain Velasquez has been sidelined for the past year.
If Lesnar does return, his suitors will be waiting.