Paul Heyman Explains Why Brock Lesnar’s UFC Return Is Unlikely
A close friend, mentor, and advocate of Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, has revealed why he doubts his righthand man will return to the Octagon.
Lesnar is currently a free agent after his WWE deal expired. Lesnar and the WWE reportedly tried to work out a deal before WrestleMania 36 aired but couldn’t do so. As a result, that is Lesnar’s last WWE appearance.
With the news of Lesnar’s free agency status, many began to speculate what’s next for “The Beast.” Some believed that this opened the door for Lesnar to make a UFC return. UFC President Dana White poured cold water on that idea as he expressed his belief that Lesnar truly is done with combat sports.
Heyman spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and shared his view on why Lesnar’s return to action is doubtful (h/t Sportskeeda.com).
“If there’s someone that interests him, if there’s a huge box office appeal for something that Brock can sink his teeth into, he is a beast that will always rise to the occasion.”@HeymanHustle tells @arielhelwani what it would take to motivate @BrockLesnar to return to MMA. pic.twitter.com/fXtEjfbwGo
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 15, 2020
“No. Number one, I don’t think there is enough money to get him to do it. Number two, I don’t know what would entice him to do so, and number three, when Brock Lesnar came back at UFC 200 and survived being punched in the face by Mark Hunt, and still won the fight, which very few people do after being punched in the face by Mark Hunt. Massive credit to Mark Hunt; I think that itch got scratched.”
Lesnar last competed inside the Octagon back on July 9, 2016. He took on Mark Hunt in the co-main event. Lesnar was initially declared the winner via unanimous decision. That result was changed to a No Contest after Lesnar failed his drug test.
Back in 2018, Lesnar teased a return to MMA competition by shoving Daniel Cormier inside the Octagon. The stage appeared to be set for Cormier vs. Lesnar but the former UFC Heavyweight Champion informed Dana White that he’s retired from combat sports. Whether or not the 43-year-old Lesnar will ever get that itch back remains to be seen.