There has been no indication from WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar that he’s ready to give up his latest run in professional wrestling for a return to the real world of combat sports in the Octagon.
Jim Ross, a former WWE broadcaster with intimate inside knowledge of the world of professional wrestling, recently told Fox Sports that Lesnar is nearing the end of his current WWE contract, and at 37 years of age, needs to make a decision about his fighting future. He feels it is now or never for Lesnar to try and regain the UFC heavyweight championship he once owned.
“Creatively from a strategic standpoint, WWE will need to find out sooner rather than later if Brock is interested in re-signing or not,” Ross told Fox Sports.
“It looks to me like he’s gotten back on track. He looks phenomenal strength-wise. He’s just scary looking. He’s more scary looking than he was before he left [WWE the first time],” he continued.
“I see no reason he couldn’t have the potential to return to the UFC and sell pay-per-views.”
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Considering Lesnar is reportedly the UFC’s top pay-per-view draw of all time – even above the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, and Ronda Rousey – company president Dana White would certainly hold the door open for him.
“I have a great relationship with Brock, we talk all the time,” White told UFC.com on Thursday. “I don’t know (if Lesnar wants to return), we’ll see. If he wants to fight, he knows my number.”
During his UFC tenure, Lesnar was never fully healthy, often having to deal with severe bouts of an intestinal disease called diverticulitis. His condition became so severe that he eventually had to have surgery to help alleviate the problem.
Despite his health issues and a mere four years in the sport, Lesnar made a miraculous run in the MMA world. He fought in the UFC in only his second professional bout, capturing the UFC heavyweight championship in just his fourth fight.
He scored victories over the likes of Randy Couture, Shane Carwin, Frank Mir, and Heath Herring, before eventually returning to the WWE, citing continuing issues stemming from diverticulitis.
“It’s pretty amazing what he did and accomplished here while having diverticulitis,” White said. “It would be interesting to see a 100-percent healthy Brock Lesnar compete.”
There’s also little argument that, with current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez entering a Dominick-Cruz-like struggle to get and remain healthy, Lesnar would not only be a big boost to pay-per-view numbers, but also a shot of excitement to a division that is currently floundering to find a star that shines.