With his current WWE contract nearing its conclusion, there has been speculation recently that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar might consider a return to mixed martial arts.
If that were to happen, count former interim UFC heavyweight champ Shane Carwin in for a comeback as well.
“I’m all in,” Carwin told FoxSports.com recently. “All the pain would be worth that.”
Carwin and Lesnar met at UFC 116 to unify the belts. Lesnar was the returning champion. Carwin had earned the interim designation, while Lesnar was on the sidelines dealing with a bout of diverticulitis.
Carwin nearly finished Lesnar in the opening round, but pushed his body well beyond it’s limits with nothing in reserve in the second frame. Lesnar took Carwin down and submitted him. So yes, Carwin would like another shot at the WWE superstar… he doesn’t believe it will happen though.
“He’s not coming back,” Carwin said. “I don’t even know why he would have the desire.”
There are certainly many moving parts in securing Lesnar’s services. He’s the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draw ever, but he’s also one of the WWE’s top stars. And despite the similarities between the sport and the pseudo-sport, it’s an entirely different game when a fighter steps into the unscripted world of the Octagon.
Carwin believes the level of ability in MMA has grown by leaps and bounds, and Lesnar could not have come close to keeping up while plying his trade in the WWE.
“He’s not going to improve the part of his game he needs to improve in that short (amount) of time,” Carwin said. “The guys these days are too far ahead. You can’t be one-dimensional. This isn’t the early ’90s.”
If Lesnar were to come back, Carwin wants to be the one to welcome him back, but he’s not holing his breath.