Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is still open to the idea of performing for the WWE. The 2000 NCAA Division I champion made the revelation in a recent interview with ESPN’s Jon Robinson.
“I think I will,” Lesnar said when asked about the possibility of a return to professional wrestling. “I think under the right circumstances I will. I think if Vince McMahon and I were able to sit down at the same dinner table and break some bread that we could come up with some kind of game plan… I think a lot of things have to fall in the right places for something like that to happen.”
It’s a little surprising that Lesnar would even consider a return to the WWE, given how successful he’s been in MMA.
After making his MMA debut with FEG, Lesnar signed with the UFC shortly after. The South Dakota native quickly rose up the UFC’s heavyweight rankings, earning a title shot against MMA legend Randy Couture at UFC 91.
Lesnar’s size and wrestling ability proved to be too much for Couture, and the former WWE heavyweight champion became the first professional wrestler to win a UFC title. Lesnar successfully defended his belt against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin before getting dethroned by Cain Velasquez at UFC 121.
Lesnar still has a long way to go in terms of striking, but his wrestling abilities guarantee he’ll remain relevant in the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Most MMA fans would agree that Lesnar’s transition into MMA has been successful. Lesnar was the highest paid MMA fighter in 2010, leading the pack with $5,300,000 in estimated earnings. A handful of superstars in the WWE make a few million dollars a year, but they also have to deal with the physically draining WWE schedule.
UFC president Dana White has his flaws, but I’ll take him over WWE chairman Vince McMahon any day. Lesnar is currently set to face Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, and it’ll be interesting to see if he does any wrestling in the future.