By Simon Samano/@sjsamano
For Fox Deportes
So Brock Lesnar apparently can’t seem to make up his mind.
We saw the former heavyweight champion cage side during the main event of UFC 146 over the weekend, which set the internet abuzz with rumors about a Lesnar return to the octagon. Not surprisingly, UFC president Dana White was rather coy about the possibility.
“He texted me and said, ‘I want to come to the fight, but keep it quiet because I don’t want to tell anybody,’” White said. “He said, ‘What are you doing tonight? … I want to talk face to face.’
”You never know with him. He might want to come back. He might just want to hang out.”
Let’s just put it out there: Would a potential Lesnar return be a good thing?
My answer: Yes and no.
From a business stand point, welcoming back Lesnar would make a whole lot of sense for the UFC. Before he announced his retirement Dec. 30 after losing to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, Lesnar was the company’s biggest pay-per-view draw when he crossed over from WWE. More specifically, Lesnar would add something to a heavyweight division that, outside of Frank Mir, Shane Carwin, Cain Velasquez, and champion Junior dos Santos, lacks some punch. dos Santos, by the way, has already defeated those other guys, so Lesnar could potentially present some new competition for the champ.
Plus, there’s already one automatic matchup that would make sense right away: Lesnar vs. Mir III. The fans have wanted to see it since they’ve split their previous two fights, and the fact that these two men hate each other. In fact, there was a point when it seemed Mir was obsessed with getting another shot at Lesnar after he punched Mir’s face in during their second fight for the title. Both men are coming off of losses, so this would make sense.
From Lesnar’s stand point, I’m trying to understand why he’d even want to come back. He reportedly signed a one-year deal worth $5 million to return to WWE. Yes, Lesnar has ditched his WWE obligations before, but that’s money he can’t possibly want to throw away.
Also, I question Lesnar’s commitment. Pride is a powerful thing, you know. Lesnar is a world-class wrestler and displayed solid striking ability in the octagon, so I have no doubt Lesnar might <em>believe</em> he belongs in the UFC. But what happens if he loses right off the bat?
Against Velasquez, and then Overeem, I saw Lesnar fold and quit, which never happened before. I saw his confidence get stripped from him. I didn’t see him fight back when the going got tough. And then he retired.
I was under the impression Lesnar had mentally checked out of the UFC and took the easy way out by returning to WWE. Not sure I should feel any differently now, either.