Prior to UFC 168 in Las Vegas rumors abounded that Lesnar was thinking about coming back to MMA after a stint in the WWE starting in 2012 after his last fight ended in a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem.
Following that fight, Lesnar retired from MMA and returned to professional wrestling where he made his name and drew millions of dollars during his run there. But it’s hard for many fighters to walk away and give up that competitive edge so as the UFC’s year end show approached, Lesnar’s name started popping up more and more the he could possibly attend the card and even announce a return to the Octagon.
It was all for not as it turns out because Lesnar was never actually going to return to the UFC and instead the entire ordeal was just hype to create attention around his return to the WWE, which happened on Monday night.
Lesnar returned to the WWE alongside close friend Paul Heyman as he gets back in action before preparing for what will likely be an appearance at Wrestlemania — the biggest pro wrestling show of the year in 2014.
Lesnar’s existing contract with the WWE allows him to only work a certain number of dates per year with the organization so it’s not strange for him to disappear off of their programming for months at a time. His last stretch prompted rumors that he was contemplating a return to the UFC, but in reality Lesnar was under a long term contract with the WWE and had no intentions of getting back into fighting.
So for now the latest Lesnar rumors are put to bed and will likely stay that way until at least 2015 when it’s reported that his contract with WWE comes to an end. Lesnar will turn 38 in 2015 so the likelihood of him ever returning to the UFC seems very slim at this point.