Brock Lesnar’s potential return to the Octagon has been a topic of speculation among MMA and wrestling fans ever since the muscular fighter last fought in 2011.
There have been rumors of Lesnar’s potential return to the UFC for years, and the latest report even said WWE officials expected him to eventually return to fighting. But former WWE announcer Jim Ross says Lesnar might not be so inclined to fight again because of concerns about the effects of concussions.
Here’s what Ross writes:
Sources are saying that it looks more promising that Brock Lesnar could well stay with WWE past WrestleMania due to concerns over long term health affects of competing in MMA specifically concussion oriented issues later in one’s life. Again, these are ‘sources’ and how reliable they are can only be judged after WM31 and following the status of the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. One thing is certain, if UFC believes, and rightfully so in my view, that CM Punk will sell PPV’s for at least his first two fights then what would a healthy Brock Lesnar mean to the UFC brand in a time where no combat sport company has a plethora of bona fide star power that can move the needle on the pay per view business.
WM31 is WrestleMania 31, which will take place at the end of March. Lesnar is headlining the program and will wrestle for the WWE World Heavyweight championship. How that event does will say a lot about Lesnar’s value to the company. If it gains a lot of traction, then Lesnar will probably have even less reason to leave the WWE.
As recently as August, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman said Brock would consider a return to fighting, but he easily could have changed his mind in the time since then. Lesnar suffered a concussion early in his wrestling career, but there is no exact record of his head injuries since then. He has battled diverticulitis over the past few years.
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Brock Lesnar has some of the more questionable tattoos in sports, including his phallic sword going down the length of his chest, and a lower-back tattoo that many people did not know existed.
Lesnar has had the lower back tattoo (aka tramp stamp) since at least 2010 from what we can tell. The thing is it’s generally pretty well hidden and therefore not too visible. However, during his Triple Threat Match at the Royal Rumble, the tattoo was pretty noticeable.
We zoomed in on it and enlarged it in the photo at top. The tattoo says “Kill ’em All” as you can see. Here is a clearer look at it:
Our buddy Big Daddy saw it during the match Sunday night and it was his first time seeing it, so that says a lot about how well hidden Brock keeps it. This tattoo is definitely questionable, though not as polarizing as his sword on the chest. That’s one you either love or hate.
Brock Lesnar may be planning a return to the UFC.
According to the latest installment of the Wrestling Observer Letter, WWE officials believe Lesnar will be returning to the octagon when his WWE contract expires in March.
“The Lesnar people always keep things quiet, but within the company, the belief is that he’s going back to UFC, and his showing up lighter to TV last week confirmed that to people who thought it,” Dave Meltzer reported, per John Morgan of MMAjunkie.
While White told MMAjunkie that he has not spoken to Lesnar, the UFC president said last month that he has a “great relationship” with Lesnar and that Brock has expressed interest in fighting again.
Lesnar hasn’t fought in the UFC since he lost to Alistair Overeem in December 2011. He lost to current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez prior to that, but Lesnar wasn’t always healthy during his MMA career. He was previously diagnosed with a condition called diverticulitis, which made it difficult for him to train and keep weight on.
Lesnar says he is now back to 100 percent health. After seeing what he did to John Cena at SummerSlam, we have no reason to doubt him.
Back in August, Lesnar’s manager and close friend Paul Heyman said Brock would consider a UFC return.
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Lesnar is currently under contract with the WWE through the end of March, which is shortly after WrestleMania. When his deal expires, he will have the option of signing a new WWE contract or returning to the UFC.
During a recent press conference in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White said Lesnar has not ruled out a return to mixed martial arts.
“Brock Lesnar’s under contract with the WWE,” White said, via Damon Martin of FoxSports.com. “We have a great relationship with him. He’s healthy and he has said that he’s interested in fighting again. We’ll see what happens.”
Lesnar hasn’t fought in the UFC since he lost to Alistair Overeem in December 2011. He lost to current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez prior to that, but Lesnar wasn’t always healthy during his MMA career.
Lesnar was diagnosed with a condition called diverticulitis, which made it difficult for him to train and keep weight on. He is now back to 100 percent health, and his UFC window may be closing. The WWE window stays up until you’re, what, 80?
Back in August, Lesnar’s manager and close friend Paul Heyman said Brock would consider a UFC return.
There are some people who are just naturally gifted speakers. Paul Heyman is one of those people.
Heyman, Brock Lesnar’s manager, gave an absolutely epic speech on WWE “RAW” Monday night as Lesnar received the championship belt after beating John Cena at SummerSlam on Sunday. Heyman worked the crowd and kept it rolling for about four minutes straight, and of course he emphasized how Brock destroyed Cena with 16 suplexes in the title match.
Oh, and as if all that weren’t already great enough, Heyman worked in a WWE Network plug like a pro. Only $9.99 a month!
That guy is incredible. It’s easy to see why guys in the UFC try to meet with him for tips on how to promote and talk.
Eat. Sleep. Suplex. Blog. Repeat. That’s how we do at LBS.
Brock Lesnar took the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt away from fan favorite John Cena at SummerSlam on Sunday night. If it was action the fans were seeking from the headline match, the WWE delivered.
Lesnar hit Cena with his signature F5 finishing move just seconds into the match. Naturally, it didn’t finish Cena. The match continued after Cena kicked out at two, but Lesnar eventually followed with a flurry of German suplexes. The new champ hit the old champ with 16 suplexes in total throughout the course of the match.
Lesnar finally pulled off another F5 that ended the match.
The crowd at Staples Center looked stunned, but not quite as stunned as they did when Lesnar ended The Undertaker’s undefeated Wrestlemania streak.
It is clear that the WWE wants Lesnar to be an unstoppable superstar. Brock’s agent recently admitted that Lesnar only fights once in a while so that all of his matches are must-see TV. Between ending The Undertaker’s streak and taking the belt away from Cena, script writers have set Cena up for one hell of a year.
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Brock Lesnar is headlining SummerSlam with his match against John Cena, which will be one of his few wrestling appearances for the WWE this year. Knowing that the fans love him and that he does huge ratings, why doesn’t Lesnar wrestle more? His manager Paul Heyman explained that they take a less is more/exclusivity approach.
“Brock Lesnar is not here 365 days a year, so when he appears, it’s can’t miss, it’s something extraordinary, it’s must see, it’s something special,” Heyman said in an interview on DC101. “Besides, if Brock Lesnar wrestled every single week, he would wipe out the entire WWE and in three months we’d have no one left to work with!”
That last line is a funny quote from one of the best managers in the business, but that first statement really makes sense. It’s like the theory behind clubs. If they let everyone in, then it wouldn’t be so great and desirable, would it? It’s the exclusivity that makes something special or unique. The fact that Lesnar only wrestles on rare occasions makes his matches an even bigger deal.
Brock Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman says the former UFC champion would consider a return to the octagon if his situation changed with the WWE.
Lesnar signed a 3-year deal with the WWE in April 2012 and broke the Undertaker’s win streak at WrestleMania this year. If things weren’t going so well in the wrestling world, he’d be more inclined to check out the UFC again, Heyman says.
“If a change of circumstance happens, and it’s a no-brainer to get Brock back into the cage, I’m sure it’s something he would consider,” Heyman said on “The MMA Hour” via Bloody Elbow. “At this moment, it’s not a topic of conversation because things are going so well in WWE.”
If Lesnar ever did return to the UFC, he would have a long line of people who would want to challenge him. That line starts with Alistair Overeem, who beat Lesnar by TKO at UFC 141 on Dec. 30, 2011, and called out Brock earlier this year.
Lesnar has immense popularity and means big business and ratings for whichever organization of which he is a part. At 37 years old, it’s not realistic for him to continue much of a fighting career, but he certainly could fight once or twice before being too old.
Lesnar is scheduled to face John Cena in the headlining match at SummerSlam on Aug. 17 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He is 5-3 in his professional MMA career, which included a 4-fight win streak in which he rose to become the UFC heavyweight champion.
Previously: Dana White says Brock Lesnar is interested in UFC comeback
Brock Lesnar took down The Undertaker at Wrestlemania earlier this year in one of the most shocking defeats in WWE history. Prior to losing to Lesnar, Undertaker had been 21-0 in his Wrestlemania career. Some fans were so upset by the outcome of the match that they walked out of the Louisiana Superdome. WWE superstar Dave “Batista” Bautista knows exactly how they felt.
During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Batista ripped the decision to have Undertaker lose like he did.
“It sucked! Honestly, I thought it sucked,” Lesnar said. “I haven’t really talked much about it but I think it was a bad decision, a horrible decision. I don’t have any say in the matter but to me, watching as a fan, it made me sick.
“Brock Lesnar beating him didn’t seem to work and it really wasn’t good that Brock left the day after. I just don’t see how that made sense at all. I don’t think anyone wanted to see the streak broken and it just didn’t make sense to me.”
I think most wrestling fans would agree with Batista. Lesnar, a three-time WWE champion, has bounced between mixed martial arts and wrestling. While he has been wildly popular during his time in the WWE, he is hardly the same type of legend that the Undertaker is. The streak eventually ending made sense. Having Lesnar end it didn’t.
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Brock Lesnar is selling his home in Minnesota, and if you’re looking for a spacious home with a ton of land and a massive work space you may actually be able to afford it. Unlike some of the other mansions we have featured that athletes have sold, Lesnar’s house is listed for a modest $799,000.
According to Realty Today, the property has been listed on several different occasions since 2009. Lesnar was asking $1.49 million back then, and the listing surfaced again a year later for $999,000. Now, some might even consider it a bargain.
The home sits on 43 acres of land that are suited for farming. It has four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a huge utility building with five garage bays.
Lesnar, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, is still signed with WWE.