For seemingly endless years, we as fans have sat through the inevitable Lesnar Saga. What I mean by that is, Lesnar threatens to leave WWE to fight in UFC, UFC says Lesnar is definitely coming back, WWE freaks out, WWE offers Lesnar a gigantic contract extension, Lesnar stays in WWE, and the cycle continues. Now however, shortly before his 42nd birthday, Brock Lesnar has “officially” retired from MMA. One would assume this would break the cycle of The Lesnar Saga.
Now the real reason as to why Lesnar would make this decision, considering he stands to continue to make millions upon millions on a shorter and shorter schedule, has been revealed, as Dave Meltzer is reporting in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Big Man Brock is just too expensive.
“Lesnar had a certain price he wanted guaranteed to do the Cormier fight. UFC, which, with its ESPN deal where the PPV money is guaranteed, didn’t meet the offer. Lesnar had a certain price he wanted that was worth it to him to go through a hard training camp at 42 and then get into the cage with an all-time great fighter and athlete in Cormier. Plus, WWE has continued to offer Lesnar strong deals for limited dates, and on a Lesnar schedule, pro wrestling is far safer and offers considerably more longevity.”
Considering the frankly absurd amount of money Lesnar is earning from his limited WWE schedule, there’s no doubt having to do the rigorous training and physical toll of partaking in a UFC fight would need to meet the lofty monetary standards of ‘The Beast’. According to Meltzer, UFC just couldn’t match that price, and now Lesnar seems to be headed back to WWE for lots more Universal Championship reigns. Can’t wait. That was sarcasm, by the way, it doesn’t always translate in text form.
This comes after a new Saudi Arabian show was quietly revealed, and Brock Lesnar has been confirmed for the show alongside Goldberg and The Undertaker among others. So it won’t be long before we see ‘The Beast’ dominate someone else that has some upwards momentum. Poor Strowman.