Brock Lesnar Is Using Potential UFC Return as Bargaining Chip with WWE

David Bixenspan@davidbixFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2013

Dec. 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Brock Lesnar after announcing his retirement following a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It's that time of year again, folks.  The Annual Brock Lesnar Sweepstakes have begun! 

Mike Chiapetta at has picked up on the rumors that Brock Lesnar is in Las Vegas to negotiate with UFC President Dana White to set up a return to the organization.  When one reporter asked White about the rumors, this exchange took place:

White: "Really? I don't know. I honestly don't know."

Reporter: "Honestly?"

White: "Honestly."

Well, that's...odd.

The rumors first broke on Christmas Eve when "Hammers Hamill," a poster on's "The Underground" forum with a fairly decent track record on Lesnar stories, posted this:

This is no means official but Brock has the itch to come back last year he said he would not but things have changed... Brock is feeling good healthy strong Brock's not interested in the title I have been told he wants big money one off fights on a limited part time basis...

Brock will not be leaving WWE he is interested in doing both and it seem WWE will give him permission to take fights during how downtime with WWE as Brock is on a pay per appearance deal and has a certain amount of dates too fulfill in a one year term...

There are some hurdles too clear but should not be a problem... As for when 2014 is what I'm told... discussions will be discussed between both parties but I don't think Brock had his last fight in UFC :)

I don't really buy it.  Even if Lesnar negotiates and does it ostensibly in good faith, I highly doubt he's ever fighting again.  Diverticulitis did a number on him, and he had his a foot of his colon removed.  Look at his last fight, against Alistair Overeem, which took place almost exactly two years ago:

While Overeem's body shots are especially dangerous to any fighter, Lesnar's abdomen was basically a giant target.  On top of that, Cain Velasquez is the UFC heavyweight champion, and he beat Lesnar pretty easily to start his first title reign.  So, it's not like he can make a run at the title.

As for working for WWE and UFC at the same time?  I don't see either organization allowing that.  Lesnar losing in UFC while in WWE hurts him as a draw while UFC doesn't like fighters to do pro wrestling because it muddies the waters, so to speak.  Maybe even more so after casual MMA fans claimed Anderson Silva took a dive in his UFC Middleweight Championship loss to Chris Weidman this past July.

This is just a play for Lesnar to get a good contract from WWE when his deal is up.  His last pay-per-view event was SummerSlam, which drew a very disappointing number with him in one of the co-main events (Lesnar vs CM Punk and John Cena vs Daniel Bryan).  It had the best buildup in terms of traditional, heat-getting angles of Lesnar's matches since his return, which made the number especially surprising.

Lesnar is basically a mercenary, a guy with no particular affection for pro wrestling who broke in with a lucrative developmental contract, quit when the schedule became too much of a grind and returned when he could get a favorable deal for working a few matches each year.  If he can't get the deal he wants, he'll go home and hunt all year.  With SummerSlam being such a disappointment business-wise, he needs to play his cards right.

That's all I think this is.  If it's not?  Lesnar's not going to go for the UFC heavyweight title, so he's best used in a bunch of wacky, gimmicky fights.  He should root for Anderson Silva to lose tomorrow so he can move up to heavyweight.

David Bixenspan has been Bleacher Report's WWE Team Leader and a contracted columnist since 2011. You can follow him on Twitter @davidbix and check out his wrestling podcasts at