Brock Lesnar’s WWE mouthpiece is making the case that the pro-wrestling superstar won’t rule out another UFC return, despite his drug test failure after UFC 200.
Brock Lesnar is fresh off a victory over Goldberg at Wrestlemania 33, this last weekend, but that doesn’t make the WWE superstar and former UFC champion’s future any clearer. Lesnar was last seen in the Octagon last summer at UFC 200, where he faced Mark Hunt in a heavyweight bout. It was Lesnar’s first taste of MMA competition since he retired from the sport back in 2011, due to complications from diverticulitis.
This return was short lived, however, as his drug tests surrounding the bout turned up a banned substance, clomiphene. The positive test saw Lesnar stripped of his win over Hunt, fined $250,000, and suspended for a year. Not long afterward, Lesnar retired from MMA again.
But will he stay retired? According to his WWE manager and friend Paul Heyman, Lesnar’s next move could include any number of things, including another run at the UFC (transcript via MMA Fighting).
“Brock is, in his heart, a trained competitor,” Heyman recently told the Fight Society podcast. “Now whether that means he’s going to look at this environment and say ‘You know what, I didn’t make the Vikings team in 2004 but I bet in 2017 I can and just because I can I’m going to just to show people that I want to and I take it’. Because when we named him the conqueror, that’s what he is. He’s a legit conqueror. You put a task before him and he conquers it.
“I really can’t tell you that it’s out of the realm of possibility of Brock Lesnar to say ‘I’m taking a few months off from WWE, I want to see how many home runs I can hit for the Minnesota Twins.’ People may laugh at that, but it’s the same people that laughed at him in 2004 when he went for the Vikings camp and he was the last person cut and that’s with a broken jaw, a fractured pelvis and diverticulitis. I think what’s next for Brock Lesnar besides what’s happening in WWE. Could it be UFC? Could it be another sport? I think it’s something he’s going to look at and say ‘I bet no one thinks I can do that, all right I’m going to conquer that’.”
Heyman even went so far as to compare Lesnar’s runs in the UFC with McGregor’s current drive to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match.
“It’s the same thing that’s motivating McGregor into wanting to fight Mayweather. Because, admittedly I would say, I’d have to say that a great deal of that is obviously the allure of the enormous payday but a lot of it also has to be the lure of ‘people think I can’t take this guy and I can take this guy.’ It’s the same thing with Brock.”
Of course MMA, football, and baseball aren’t the only things out there. Heyman tossed out the idea that Lesnar, “…may do race car driving. You never know with him because something is going to trigger that.”
The reportedly 286 lb. Lesnar would probably run up against a wall with racing, since the driver’s weight is factored into the body weight of the car. Then again, maybe the challenge of losing 100 lbs is just the kind of thing he’s looking for.