Brock Lesnar will reportedly enter free agency in just a few weeks time, but according to the man who ended his last UFC run, the pro-wrestler won’t be returning to the Octagon.
For months now, there’s been a tee-un of speculation as to whether Lesnar will return to the UFC after his WWE deal concludes. Although the former heavyweight champ hasn’t publicly said he’s thinking about fighting again, there have been reports that the 37 year-old might be considering it.
While it remains to be what happens with Lesnar, Alistair Overeem believes his former foe has no intention of returning to the UFC. While speaking to the media this week, in advance of his UFC 185 scrap with Roy Nelson, Overeem had this to say about Lesnar’s future (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“To be honest, he is not going to come back,” Overeem said.
“He remembers in the beginning it was easy, but at the end it was very hard for him,” Overeem added. “He is a guy that kind of goes where it’s easy. He’s not going to come back. It’s too hard. The competition is too stiff.”
“The Reem” faced Lesnar in December, 2011, and put the latter away with a brutal kick to the body and follow up punches. After the bout, Lesnar–who was returning from a lengthy battle with diverticulitis– announced his MMA career was done.
Now, it almost sounds like Overeem’s baiting Lesnar here; perhaps the decorated heavyweight is hoping to lock up another bout with Lesnar and cash in. Or, he could also believe what he’s saying, although most Lesnar fans would certainly disagree with him.
Ultimately, where Lesnar signs will likely depend on what he wants to accomplish in the next year or so. If his primary goal is to make money, and that’s it, then chances are he’ll re-up with the WWE. If Lesnar wants to prove he can still hang in the Octagon, and silence folks like Overeem, then another UFC run could be in the cards.
Overeem-Nelson, meanwhile, will go down at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main card for UFC 185 will be available via pay-per-view.