Brock Lesnar’s contract with the WWE has expired, which has led to speculation that he may think about reviving his UFC career. If Lesnar is interested in returning to the Octagon for a mega-fight, Dana White is all ears.
Jon Jones recently vacated his UFC light heavyweight title. He wants to fight in the heavyweight division, but he said he will not do that until he gets more money. A fight between Lesnar and Jones would obviously be a mammoth draw, and White told TMZ on Tuesday that he would be happy to put it together.
White said he has heard the rumors and will gladly pursue the fight if Lesnar and Jones are “seriously interested.”
Lesnar last fought in the UFC against Mark Hunt in 2016. The 43-year-old hinted at a return to MMA following his loss at Wrestlemania 35 last year.
Jones is playing hardball with the UFC, but it would be hard to imagine him turning down a fight against Lesnar. After he knocked out Daniel Cormier a few years back, Jones called out Lesnar. The two traded shots in the media after that. If they renew the trash talk now that Lesnar is no longer under contract with the WWE, we know they are angling toward a fight.
Brock Lesnar’s contract with WWE has expired, making him a free agent.
PW Insider reported Monday that the two sides have paused discussions as they work towards a new deal.
Lesnar last appeared at WrestleMania 36 that aired in April. He typically takes time off after that and then appears at SummerSlam later in the summer, but that did not happen this year.
WWE has made changes to its website to reflect Lesnar no longer being under contract.
Now that he is a free agent, Lesnar would be able to sign with other wrestling promotions, such as AEW. He could also sign with the UFC, though he probably still could have fought in the UFC even while under contract with WWE.
Last year, Lesnar hinted at a return to the UFC after losing at WrestleMania 35. The 43-year-old last fought in the UFC against Mark Hunt in 2016.
Brock Lesnar has been accused of sexual harassment by a well-known wrestling personality.
Terri Runnels, who was known for being a WWE diva/wrestling manager/TV host, talked about the incident during a recent podcast interview.
Runnels was a guest on “Kee on Sports” and was asked about Sable (real name Rena Greek), who is married to Lesnar. Runnels said she did not have respect for Sable as a mother/family person, and said she didn’t like the way Sable left then-husband Marc Mero for Lesnar. That led her to dish on Lesnar, for whom she says she does not have much respect.
“Brock did something that if it was in today’s day and time … he showed his penis to me and called my name as I was walking past where he was in the dressing room and opened his towel so I could see his manly bits. … I would have much rather him not be so disrespectful of a female that’s been in this business for as long as I have been. At that time, he knew he was gonna have a lot of power — that they were gonna give him the strap — but at that point, I’d been in this business a long time, I have respect. And what he did was very very wrong — from a respect standpoint, from a sexual harassment standpoint — it was wrong,” Runnels said.
Runnels then went on to take a dig at Lesnar’s “manly bits”, which she described as not impressive and looking like a “pink feeder mouse.”
Runnels, 53, also made the same accusation against Lesnar in 2004. There is speculation that the alleged incident took place at the 2002 Insurrextion pay-per-view event.
Lesnar and Sable have been married since 2006. The 42-year-old wrestler remains signed with WWE and has fought in MMA, where he became the UFC heavyweight champion. He reportedly had a heated altercation with Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 34 in 2018.
Brock Lesnar is famous for his professional wrestling and mixed martial arts careers, and you will not be surprised to hear that he has passed down some of the incredible strength to one of his children.
Lesnar’s daughter, Mya, recently committed to Arizona State, where she will join the track team. Mya won a shot-putting state championship in Minnesota and is the sixth-best shot-putter in the nation.
Brock Lesnar is probably one of the most intimidating men on the planet, and the resemblance between him and his daughter should be enough to strike fear in the hearts of Mya’s opponents. Here’s hoping she enjoys a great collegiate athletic career, and something tells us she will.
Brock Lesnar’s heavily anticipated return to the UFC looks like it will not be happening.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto reported on Tuesday that an often-teased Lesnar return to the octagon will not be taking place. Okamoto even shared a quote from Dana White, who told him Lesnar is retiring from MMA.
There has been talk for over a year about Lesnar returning to the UFC, with him reportedly targeting a fight against Daniel Cormier. Lesnar even hinted at an MMA return during his appearance at WrestleMania earlier this month.
The 41-year-old WWE Superstar last fought in the UFC in 2016. He won a unanimous decision over Mark Hunt, but the result was overturned due to a positive test for a banned substance. His improbable rise in the UFC included beginning his career 5-1, with victories over Shane Carwin, Frank Mir and Randy Couture. He incredibly captured the UFC heavyweight championship in only his fourth career fight and then impressively defending it twice before losing to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in 2010.
During his MMA career, Lesnar dealt with health issues such as diverticulitis, was suspended for a positive drug test, and retired twice. This would be his third — and potentially his last — retirement.
The way Brock Lesnar was handled and lost at WrestleMania on Sunday points to a likely UFC return for the heavyweight fighter.
Lesnar and Seth Rollins took on each other early at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium. Rollins ended up winning the singles match for the WWE Universal Championship in just 2:30 — a very short match.
Not only was it somewhat of a surprise for Lesnar to have lost, but to also be involved in a match so early in the card rather than as a main event signified a likely change. On top of that, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman said something about Lesnar heading to Las Vegas where he would be appreciated. That seemed to hint at Lesnar going to the UFC, which often holds fights in Vegas.
There were talks about Lesnar potentially fighting Daniel Cormier going back to last year. Earlier this week, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani said Lesnar and Cormier might be fighting in August. Brock’s brief WrestleMania appearance seems to point towards a future UFC fight.
Brock Lesnar made a crazy face at the Royal Rumble on Sunday night that got the meme treatment.
Lesnar beat Finn Balor for the WWE Universal Championship, forcing Finn to tap out in their match. As Lesnar was going for the submission, he yanked Balor’s arm back and gave a crazy face to sell the moment. His eyes and mouth wide open made for an incredible image:
You don’t want those crazy eyes looking at you like that.
Brock Lesnar could find himself back in the Octagon again before long.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reported on Friday (via Bloody Elbow) that the 40-year-old superstar is in talks to make an appearance at UFC 226. Meltzer also adds that Lesnar has been asked to fight the winner of the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier bout, which will headline the July 7 pay-per-view event. Meanwhile, December 30 in Las Vegas is being floated as a possibility for that potential Lesnar return, which would be for the heavyweight title.
Lesnar still has six months to serve of the one-year suspension he incurred by testing positive for a banned substance when he fought Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in 2016 (the clock stopped when he retired from mixed martial arts for a second time last year). Thus, Lesnar would have to re-enter the USADA testing pool by June 30 to put the above events into motion.
We know that Lesnar recently expressed interest in fighting in the UFC again, albeit against a different opponent. Seeing as he’s one of the biggest box-office draws in the game, it would certainly make sense on a lot of different fronts.
Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones may both be searching for redemption inside the Octagon in the near future, so it makes sense that UFC president Dana White would explore avenues to kill two birds with one stone in what would likely be one of the most watched PPVs of all time.
White told TMZ over the weekend that Lesnar still wants to return to the UFC, and we all know that is the goal for Jones.
“Brock’s WWE deal is up at the end of the summer I think, and I know he wants to fight,” White said. “I’m sure we’ll end up getting that figured out.”
When asked specifically who he would like to see Lesnar fight, White brought up Jones.
“Jon Jones is very interested in Brock Lesnar, and Brock is very interested in Jon Jones,” he said. “…They both want it. It’s a fun fight.”
Lesnar recently signed an extension with the WWE, but it was only for a few months if what White says is accurate. Both he and Jones are also suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, and White said it is “up to USADA” when Jones will be cleared to fight again. Lesnar has yet to re-enter the USADA testing program, which requires a fighter to be tested for six months before competing.
Jones fought at 205 pounds in his last fight, which is the very top of the light heavyweight division. He’d have no problem getting past the 206-pound minimum to fight in the heavyweight division, though Lesnar would still have a serious size advantage. The two have already traded some shots in the media, so it’s no surprise they would be willing to square up. Whether or not they can clear the necessary hurdles is another discussion.
Many WWE fans were left surprised when Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday, mainly because Lesnar’s contract was set to expire and there have been rumors that he will return to the UFC. Apparently that is not the plan, at least for now.
The WWE announced on Monday that Lesnar has re-signed with the organization and will defend his Universal Title against Reigns again in a steel cage match at the Greatest Royal Rumble. It’s unclear how long Lesnar’s extension runs, but the Greatest Royal Rumble will be held on April 27.
One report claimed Lesnar had a “real-life verbal altercation” with Vince McMahon after WrestleMania, but apparently that was nothing too serious. There was speculation that the argument had to do with Lesnar going off-script against Reigns, and some people felt he may have been too aggressive in delivering elbows during the match.
UFC president Dana White recently confirmed that Lesnar will fight in the UFC again, but no timeline has been given for that. Perhaps McMahon agreed to let Lesnar fight in the octagon at some point during his WWE contract.