For weeks there was talk about what all-star bout might be added to the July 9th, UFC 200 card, but since Brock Lesnar is under contract with the WWE, his name wasn’t really mentioned. Not only that, the former heavyweight champ said last spring that his fighting career was done.
Well, here we are and Lesnar is going to fight Mark Hunt at the upcoming bout. So how did this happen? One word – cash.
Recently Lesnar did an interview with ESPN’s SportsCenter. During it, he was asked whether the WWE and its boss man, Vince McMahon, had any issue with him fighting in the UFC. The massive fighter had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“None,” Lesnar said. “Why would you? I believe that in the WWE brand, I’m a legit athlete in that brand and I bring a lot to the company. For me to get back in the Octagon legitimizes why the WWE has me in their company. It’s a win-win for all of us. It’s win for me, it’s a win for the WWE and its a’win for the UFC.”
Now, one could argue that if Lesnar gets bombed out by Hunt in the opening round, then maybe that wouldn’t play well when he returns to the WWE ring. Although, since it’s pro-wrestling, that could be spun a few different ways. Further, Lesnar was coming off consecutive losses when he resigned with the WWE before.
Lesnar was asked how much money he personally stands to make for his UFC 200 appearance, and while he didn’t say, the wrestler did admit it’s for “lots of money”. No surprises there. When Lesnar was in the UFC before, he was the biggest name in the game.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.