Brock Lesnar: Why WWE Bout With Undertaker Will Hurt UFC Fame
Brock Lesnar lost his last MMA fight against Cain Velasquez. But instead of getting back into the MMA cage, he might be headed back to the WWE.
In a strange two-minute video clip Ariel Helwani shot for MMAFighting.com (we have it inside), WWE wrestler Mark Calloway (aka "the Undertaker") had a brief stare down with Lesnar as the former champ walked by.
Calloway even said the words "You wanna do it?" to Lesnar, who instead kept walking.
This might not be the best business decision for Lesnar.
And here's why.
10. The Video Could Be Staged
Quite a few people including MMA guys at ESPN are calling bs on the video.
And Vince McMahon has done stuff like this before. He's great at promoting his WWE machine.
You judge for yourself.
9. Question Of Commitment
Coming off of a UFC loss, if Lesnar is already thinking about making the jump back to WWE, even if it is just for one match, some might wonder about his UFC commitment.
8. Overall UFC Record
Even though he borrowed Mike Tyson's "baddest man on the planet" old title, no one questioned it because he looked the part.
But stepping back, Lesnar is only 5-2 in the UFC, with one submission loss and one knock out loss.
A 5-2 record might not get you a division lead in the NFL.
He might have to retire Tyson's nickname for a while.
7. Blurring The Lines
Folks who are just casual fans might not be able to tell apart Lesnar's WWE character from his real life performances in the UFC, which can't be a good thing.
6. No Rematch With Velasquez
Would the man who just beat him, Cain Velasquez, want to grant a rematch to Lesnar after a WWE match? Maybe Velasquez would think it cheapens the brand and lessens his fight.
MMA and specifically UFC fighters never want to be mentioned in the same sentence as WWE.
5. Vince McMahon
Even casual sports fans know of Vince McMahon.
And what everyone knows is that he doesn't take no for an answer too often.
If he gets Lesnar to fight Undertaker, and it is successful, why would he stop there?
Wouldn't he try and throw enough money to get Lesnar back for a handful of fights.
Any great businessman would.
4. Real Sports Cred
Before this fight, Lesnar was everywhere because he had done what no one else had: made the transition from staged fights to champion of the most violent and difficult fighting out there, Mixed Martial Arts.
He was on "Rome is Burning" and he was a topic on most other real sports talk shows.
Will he get a seat on those shows after fighting the Undertaker in a fight where the outcome is predetermined?
I doubt it.
3. Street Cred
If Lesnar doesn't agree to fight more than one bout for WWE, assuming he goes back, there is no chance that McMahon will let him win the fight with the Undertaker.
So would he be able to get the casual fan to watch him fight in the UFC again if he were coming back from a money grab loss in the WWE and a real loss to Velasquez?
That would be a serious risk to Lesnar's brand.
2. UFC Lesnar Fans
MMA fans have come a long way and they are some of the most loyal and passionate fans out there.
There is a good chance that MMA and specifically UFC Lesnar fans would feel betrayed if he went to get paid over at WWE before fighting again in the UFC.
Some might leave his corner forever. Would it be worth it?
1. Angering Dana White
Dana White rules the UFC with an iron fist. His pimp hand makes Roger Goodell smile. And White expects that Lesnar will start training for his next UFC fight in the not too distant future.
“We’re going to find out the real competitive side of Brock Lesnar here,” White told “MMA Live” on ESPN.
“I have a feeling, knowing him, his plans are going to be cut short. I think obviously he’s going to go hunting and spend some time with his family, but I think we’ll see him back a lot sooner than what we had planned.”
Notice he didn't say anything in that quote about letting Lesnar go make some money for Vince McMahon.
White protects his brand and is willing to let anyone walk away. I'm fairly certain that would include Lesnar.
So in the end, I don't think WWE and UFC can co-exist in Lesnar's future.
But money talks...