Brock Lesnar returning in 2012???
Rumours have been circling that former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will be making his return to the octagon somewhere in 2012. This info was leaked on the twitter account of Mike Sawyer co-host of Tough Talk:
Mike Sawyer ?@TOUGHTALKMMA
plans change all the time, but the name I was told isn’t Roy.
If it’s not Mir fighting Lesnar in UFC later this year as @TOUGHTALKMMA reports, who is it? @roynelsonmma? @stefanstruve? @ShaneCarwin II?
Mike Sawyer ?@TOUGHTALKMMA
one of the above.
So Brock is runoured to make the comeback and i got a feeling they’re gonna pit him up against Roy Nelson since Roy has been calling out Brock forever now, going so far as to say he’d go to WWE just to fight him.
I’m not convinced, all this seems like some kinda marketing ploy. Lesnar’s credibility as a fighter plummeted when took severe beatings by the hands of Cain Velasquez and Allistair Overeem, they truly exposed his lack of Octagon experience.
BUT Lesnar is very good at one thing, SELLING Pay-Per-Views, being the only guy to ever head a main event that sells over the 1million buy mark.
Sergio Hernandez of CageSideSeats has a very interesting theory as to why Lesnar has decided to get into discussions about a comeback. He writes:
In his short career, he defeated a Hall of Famer, won the heavyweight championship and became the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in the history of the company.
Four months later, he was back in WWE, F5ing John Cena out of nowhere and kicking off their rivalry which culminated in a terrific match at Extreme Rules.
Following Lesnar’s loss to Cena that night, he attacked WWE COO Triple H. Snapping “The Game’s” arm, he hasn’t been seen since and his old mouthpiece Paul Heyman showed up at one point to announce his client’s resignation and subsequent lawsuit against WWE.
Of course, in the world of professional wrestling, this is all a charade.
So when Lesnar showed up at last night’s UFC 146 event and rumors began swirling the former champion was looking to get his old job back, it get me thinking [sic].
According to Dave Meltzer, Lesnar’s meeting with White did not go well. Perhaps the UFC President felt the biggest star in the sport was genuinely interested in making a comeback only to find out his appearance was all to help legitimize the storyline in which he quit WWE.
Meltzer also mentioned a “game is being played.”
It’s unclear what he means by that. Perhaps the aforementioned theory is true and Lesnar plus Vince McMahon is simply using the UFC.
Or maybe Dana White — who has had meetings with McMahon in the past — is helping an old friend with his new gig?
Brock Lesnar’s returning to the grandest stage of MMA could definitely ruin the credibility that the sport is so desperately trying to garner from the rest of the sporting communities. Many combat sport enthusiasts have cited MMA as being no different than human cock fighting with no legitimacy or sporting credibility, and with this guy bouncing between professional wrestling and MMA with a whack record is doing UFC no favours
- Rumor Mill – More on Brock Lesnar’s Meeting winth Dana White and What He Told WWE About It (klqwrestling.com)
- Brock Lesnar: Dana White Open to UFC Return for Lesnar (bleacherreport.com)
- Brock Lesnar Rumored to Return to the UFC Later This Year (bleacherreport.com)