Brock Lesnar is staying where the money is or at least where the easy money is. Lesnar announced on ESPN Sportscenter that he will not reenter the world of mixed martial arts and sign with the UFC but rather he is going to stay in the world of sports entertainment and has resigned with the WWE. Deciding to stick with professional wrestling is the right decision for Lesnar regardless if MMA fans may call him a coward and paper champion. Above all things Lesnar is a businessman and a damn good one at that.
Lesnar is a rare commodity in the world of sports. He is freak athlete who can basically do whatever he wants to do when it comes to physical activities including walking onto a football field and just barely miss the cut for an NFL team after not playing an organized football game since high school. He is a natural born star and it is not hard to see why the UFC and WWE would be in a biding war to have Lesnar be part of their roster.
Though it would have been interesting to see Lesnar give MMA another shot the reasons for the former UFC heavyweight champion to reenter the Octagon were slim at best. During his run with the UFC Lesnar won the heavyweight championship after only two fights. Not a single person ever doubted Lesnar’s athletic ability while he was competing inside the octagon. It was his ability to withstand punches to the face and adapt to the submission game that people had questions about. Those questions, especially the one about his stand up game, were answered once Lesnar started getting into the deep end of the UFC heavyweight division and started to face the likes of Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem. Lesnar lost his final two fights via TKO and looked like he did not belong with elite strikers but he did accomplish a lifetime worth of achievements in only three years in the UFC. We must also not forget that he accomplished much of this while suffering from diverticulitis.
The biggest selling point on Lesnar returning to the UFC would have been that we could finally see what he could do now that he was 100 percent healthy and free of diverticulitis. Other than that the UFC’s heavyweight division is not exactly deep. In fact it is probably the shallowest division in the organization. When rumors started to heat up about Lesnar possibly returning to the UFC we kept hearing the same names as possible opponents for him. Frank Mir, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez. These are all men he as already lost to and other than Fabricio Werdum or Junior Dos Santos there are not any real big names who could be paired with Lesnar to draw that big pay-per-view number the UFC desires.
Resigning with the WWE should have been an easy decision for Lesnar but that seemed to not be the case, “It was a hard decision to make. It took me a year. I’ve thought about this for a year. At the end of the day, it’s all about me wanting to have fun. The last two-and-a-half months I’ve been training to get back into the Octagon. I felt physically great, but something lacked mentally — and that’s not good,” Lesnar told ESPN.
“I could go back to the Octagon, but what am I going to gain? I was the UFC heavyweight champion of the world. Due to my illness, my career got cut short. That’s God telling you, ‘it’s time to move on,” he later added.
Now what does the WWE do now that the world knows that Lesnar is no longer pursuing a career in the UFC? Part of the build up to this year’s Wrestlemania was the lingering question of will Lesnar stay or go? Now that it is settled fans are now left with how the creative team over at WWE will handle the star.
Since returning to the WWE, Lesnar has been on a limited number of appearances per his contract. Basically Lesnar was getting paid really well to only wrestle 4-5 times a year max and make a handful of appearances on Monday Night Raw.
A big part of Lesnar’s mystic and character since returning to the WWE was the lack of airtime he received on television. He would show up to a pay-per-view, kick someone’s butt and not show up again for another 3-4 months. Part of the lure was that Lesnar was too busy to show up to Monday Night Raw every week or be part the monthly pay-per-views because he was training for his UFC return. Well now that Lesnar himself has put those rumors to rest what is there left for fans to imagine he is doing in his free time? Why can’t he not show up to Raw and wrestle on every pay-per-view? He is strictly a wrestler now so he should show up more often.
No specifics have been released on Lesnar’s new contract with the WWE as of this publishing but this Sunday’s Wrestlemania should show the fans what direction Lesnar will be heading now that he is no longer a fighter but strictly an entertainer.