Rumors constantly swirled around Lesnar about a return to his professional wrestling gig with WWE even while he was actively competing in the UFC. The rumors increased following his retirement after losing to Alistair Overeem at the promotion’s 2011 year-end event, UFC 141.
Those rumors have risen to a fever pitch with Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer now reporting, although he doesn’t have confirmation, that Lesnar is believed to have signed a one-year deal with WWE and “will work a more than Undertaker and less than Goldberg type of schedule” upon his return.
WWE is slated to put on its annual blockbuster event on Sunday with WrestleMania XXVIII in Florida. The fire surrounding talk of Lesnar signing a new deal with the WWE got a little more fuel with Meltzer adding that Lesnar is “in Miami and arrived with security and a large group of people shielding him from everyone.”
Lesnar went on a 5-1 run, capturing the UFC heavyweight title then defending it twice before losing the belt to Cain Velasquez. Following the loss to Velasquez with a brutal beating at the hands, and knees, of Overeem.
Despite two career-threatening bouts of diverticulitis, a severe intestinal disorder, Lesnar finished his MMA career with a 5-3 record overall. He fought all but one of those bouts in the Octagon, having kicked off his career with a win over Min Soo Kim at K-1’s Dynamite!! USA event in 2008.
Following his first fight, Lesnar immediately stepped in against the top tier names in the UFC heavyweight division, facing the likes of Frank Mir, Randy Couture, Shane Carwin, and Heath Herring before the back-to-back defeats that sent him into retirement.
“I’ve had a really difficult couple of years with my disease. I’m going to officially say tonight was the last time you’ll see me in the Octagon,” Lesnar said following the loss to Overeem.
“I want to thank the Fertittas, Dana White; Brock Lesnar is officially retired. I promised my wife and my kids if I won this fight that I would get a title shot and then that would be my last one, but if I lost tonight (I would retire), everybody you’ve been great.”
Lesnar made his way into the national spotlight as the WWE champion well before his mixed martial arts career in the UFC, so it would only be fitting that he returned to the roots of his popularity.