The buzz around the MMA community and wrestling world is that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will return to mixed martial arts after his deal with the WWE is up – which is speculated to be after Wrestlemania 31. Some thing he’ll head back to the UFC where he racked up a 4-3 record (he’s at 5-3 overall). Others think that Bellator MMA is going to reach out to him with an offer.
From a career standpoint, the UFC offers Lesnar a chance to fight the best opponents in the world. Matches with Roy Nelson, Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem could headline pay per views. Fighting with the UFC also gives Lesnar a chance to become a two-time champion.
In Bellator he’ll have a new territory to conquer. I would go on a limb to say that Lesnar could tear through Bellator’s rankings like a hot knife through butter. There are a few fighters who could challenge Lesnar, most likely the promotion’s Russian powerhouses Alexander Volkov and titleholder Vitaly Minakov. Of course pro wrestling fans will secretly want to see Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley. Bellator President Scott Coker said he is in talks with Fedor Emelianenko. We could see Lesnar vs. Emelianenko headline a Bellator event – as much of a pie in the sky fantasy as that sounds.
While Lesnar has a good relationship with UFC President Dana White, his decision might come down to which promotion – and this includes WWE – is willing to shell out more money.
But does Lesnar need to prove anything at this point? He’s already been a world champion and it’s not like the heavyweight division in MMA is floundering without him – at least the UFC’s isn’t.
Still, 2015 is just getting started and who knows what Lesnar’s mindset is. For all we know he could stay in the WWE and get paid big money for very few days. It’s worked well for him in the last couple of years.