It’s finally on! The Undertaker showed up to “RAW” on Monday night in Green Bay and was challenged by Brock Lesnar to sign a contract to fight him at WrestleMania 30. Lesnar told Taker to sign a contract, but The Undertaker used the pen to stab Lesnar’s hand and then chokeslammed him through a table.
The two have faced each other before at No Mercy in the past, but this WrestleMania match has been in the works for a while.
You may recall that Undertaker showed up to the Honda Center in Anaheim for Lesnar’s UFC 121 fight against Cain Velasquez in 2010 and tried to goad Brock into fighting at WrestleMania. The match didn’t happen then, but it will finally be happening a little more than three years later.
Now the only question is whether Brock will be the person who breaks Taker’s perfect record at WrestleMania.
Alistair Overeem beat Frank Mir at UFC 169 in Newark on Saturday night, and the beastly heavyweight gave fans something to look forward to by calling out Brock Lesnar after his win.
Overeem closed out his post-fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan by saying he wants a rematch with Lesnar, whom he beat at UFC 141 in Dec. 2011.
“I have one more thing to say: I heard there’s word that Brock Lesnar is about to come back to the UFC. Well I’ll be here waiting for him!” Overeem said.
The rumor that Lesnar may return to the UFC started in December and has been perpetuated by Dana White, who said during the week that Lesnar wants to return to the UFC. Lesnar is paid well by WWE and has been busy with them, but White says he wants to come back when his schedule opens up.
Lesnar hasn’t fought since his loss to Overeem. His struggles with diverticulitis led him to retire from the UFC, but you better believe fans would love it if he returns and fights Overeem in a rematch. Who wouldn’t want to see that?
Here is a video of Alistair Overeem calling out Brock Lesnar after the fight:
Brock hasn’t fought in the UFC in over two years. He beat Randy Couture at UFC 91 in 2008 to capture the heavyweight title, defended it twice, and then lost to Cain Velasquez in 2010 and Alistair Overeem on Dec. 30 2011. Lesnar had issues with diverticulitis and had surgery to remove part of his colon in 2011, and that pretty much caused him to leave the UFC.
“We’ll see what happens. [Lesnar] feels like because of his illness that he had while he was here, he wasn’t 100 percent. He’d like to take another run at it,” White said.
Lesnar has returned to WWE since leaving the UFC, but he’s open to doing both, according to White.
“He wants to do both. He’s doing well over there. When his schedule opens up, I think he’d like to fight.”
Brock said after his loss to Overeem that that was the last we’d see of him in the octagon, but White is making it seem like he could return. If I had to guess, I’d say Brock doesn’t end up returning. It sounds like he wants to, but he might realize that it’s not exactly realistic.
Many believe all the talk about Brock’s involvement with the UFC was just a publicity stunt. Brock has an exclusive contract with WWE for big money and low appearances. He’s expected to wrestle at WrestleMania in April. He hasn’t fought in the UFC since losing to Alistair Overeem a little over two years ago. Why would he want back in when the WWE is giving him a great deal? It doesn’t make much sense, regardless of the rumors.
The UFC, though, could really use Brock. He was their biggest pay-per-view draw and, with Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva out for the time being, they need more stars.
Is Brock Lesnar making some sort of UFC return? That’s the hot gossip.
MMA Fighting said on Thursday there have been rumors all week that Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE star, would be attending the big UFC 168 show in Las Vegas on Saturday.
During a media scrum on Thursday, UFC boss Dana White was asked about Lesnar attending the show. White tried to play dumb and say he did not know why Lesnar would be attending, but he looked down when he said that and had a sly grin on his face. It was pretty obvious that he was hiding something.
Lesnar hasn’t fought since losing to Alistair Overeem two years ago at UFC 141. Lesnar said after the fight that he was retiring from the UFC. He cited his diverticulitis as one of the reasons for stepping away from the sport.
If you follow the pattern, it seems like Lesnar attends fights when he’s interested in becoming involved with the organization. And even if he doesn’t make a comeback, just having his name out there and associated with the company is good for UFC business.
Fans of Brock Lesnar may have to postpone their hopes of seeing the former UFC heavyweight champion return to the Octagon. According to UFC President Dana White, a recent meeting between the two did not go well.
“The meeting we had didn’t go really well,” he told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting. “It wasn’t a great meeting. It probably one of the worst meetings we’ve ever had with Brock Lesnar, and I honestly have not talked him since, so I don’t know where we are at.
“All the stuff you’re seeing on the Internet is typical Internet bull****,” he said.
“It was really bad. It was the worst meeting I’ve ever had with Brock Lesnar. In my opinion, it couldn’t have gone worse.”
“It’s one of those things (where) it’s not worth getting into it publicly,” he said. “It’s not worth getting into the B.S. over it.”
Lesnar retired following a loss against Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, but he sparked speculation about a potential comeback when he traveled to Las Vegas to attend the main event at UFC 146. For now, it looks like Lesnar will be sticking to wrestling.
Brock Lesnar shocked fight fans by attending UFC 146 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, sparking speculation that he might return to the octagon.
Lesnar, who hardly ever leaves his home, showed up ringside for the main event between Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir. His attendance prompted several inquiries from reporters at the postfight press conference about a possible comeback. UFC boss Dana White confirmed that Lesnar is interested in a comeback.
While Dana White was non-committal with his responses to questions, you could see he was open to having Lesnar back in the UFC. It’s easy to understand why; Lesnar is one of the top heavyweights in the world, and the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draw.
Lesnar has been wrestling for the WWE since saying he was retiring from MMA after losing to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 last December. Fighters frequently say one thing after they just got their heads beat in, but many of them tend to feel an itch to return to the sport several months later. It looks like that may have happened with Lesnar.
With his MMA career seemingly over, Brock Lesnar is apparently returning to his wrestling roots.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reported that Lesnar is in Miami for WrestleMania 28 and that he has signed a one-year contract with the WWE.
“Lesnar has arrived in Miami [site of tomorrow’s event] and arrived with security and a large group of people shielding him from everyone,” Meltzer wrote Saturday, per 5th Round.com. “This is the going story, but not confirmed, that Lesnar has signed a one year deal and will work a more than Undertaker and less than Goldberg type of schedule.”
Lesnar is still under contract with the UFC, but Ariel Helwani reports that president Dana White would not have a problem with it if Lesnar did sign with the WWE. Rumors of Lesnar’s return to the wrestling ring have swirled since the Undertaker showed up at UFC 121 to watch Brock’s loss to Cain Velasquez. As of last October, Lesnar said he believed he’d eventually return to the WWE.