The second Cain Velasquez smashed Brock Lesnar at UFC 121, some people started questioning if Brock would leave the UFC like he left the WWE and the NFL. The way they saw it, once the going got tough, Brock Lesnar got going. I thought such questions were premature since MMA seemed to fit Brock’s lifestyle and bank account better than either of his former professions did, but maybe they weren’t.
The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer apparently had some interesting things to say about Brock’s future on his radio show the other night. The show itself is subscription only, however someone on the UG was kind enough to sum up the news.
According to Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports/Wrestling Observer, Brock is currently looking for an “exit strategy” from the UFC.
Meltzer said on his radio show that the fight with Velasquez has changed Brock’s attitude on fighting and he is at the stage in his life where he doesn’t want to get injured. He’s very well off financially and the business man in him apparently knows that it may be time to move on.
Meltzer also mentioned that Brock hasn’t trained a single day since the Velasquez fight nor he has returned any phone calls to Dana or Zuffa about upcoming matches.
Dave pointed out if Brock was motivated, he would be right back in the gym training and bringing in new coaches with the goal of beating Cain yet he isn’t doing that. He’s hunting and hasn’t even thought about his next fight. Lesnar apparently wants to do WrestleMania “badly” and will earn an estimated 2 million dollars for 30 minutes of work.
The report added that Lesnar would still have to finish the final fight on his contract before he could leave the UFC, but to be honest, I’m pretty skeptical about this whole thing. Brock may have put a lot of money in the bank in recent years, but he’s still relatively young with several more years of strong earning power. Sure, he could go pocket a couple million at Wrestlemania, but what else is he going to do? Return full-time to the pro wrestling world he hated years ago?
It’s pretty rare that people give up great opportunities to earn millions of dollars and that’s exactly what he has with the UFC. Maybe Brock is different, maybe he can headline a couple pro wrestling shows a year and be satisfied. I don’t know, but from where I’m sitting, he would be crazy to give up what he has going with the UFC.
Before we all go jumping to conclusions though, I think it’s also worth considering that this nothing more than one side using the media to gain an upper hand in talks with the UFC for this rumored Wrestlemania appearance. Everything isn’t always as it seems, but it will definitely be interesting to see if that’s the case here.