[Video] Former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar Returns To The WWE
Before their fight this past December, Alistair Overeem said he would send Brock Lesnar back to the WWE. And last night, Overeem’s declaration became a reality. The former UFC Heavyweight champion, who retired from MMA following his loss to Overeem at UFC 141, made his return to the world of professional wrestling at last night’s edition of WWE’s Monday Night Raw. Lesnar appeared in the final segment of the night, delivering his finishing manuever, the F-5, to John Cena.
Since his retirement last year, widespread speculation began that Lesnar would be making a comeback to World Wrestling Entertainment in a matter of time. The return talk hit an all-time peak this weekend when Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer reported that Lesnar was in Miami, which hosted WrestleMania XXVIII on Sunday, and had signed a one-year deal with the WWE.
There had been some discussion earlier in the year that UFC president Dana White would prevent Lesnar from making his return to the WWE, but White made it clear this weekend he would not stand in the way. MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani asked the UFC boss about the possibility this past weekend and White said he would have no problem with Lesnar re-signing with the WWE.
Lesnar was UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draw during his tenure with the MMA powerhouse and despite his inexperience, was able to capture the Heavyweight title and successfully defend it twice. But following back-to-back one-sided losses to Cain Velasquez and Overeem, it became clear that former NCAA wrestling champion could not hang with the elite fighters in the division. Lesnar finished his MMA career with a modest 5-3 record, but made clear impact on the sport in a brief time. But now things have come full circle for Lesnar, as the “The Next Big Thing” is back where it all started – the WWE.