After a two-stint illustrious career in the WWE that included eight world championship belts, a 2002 King of the Ring, winning the Royal Rumble the following year in 2003 and winning Money in the Bank last year, Brock Lesnar has become a free agent where he can test the market in both professional wrestling and mixed martial arts.
Having celebrated gargantuan success in both realms of sports entertainment, the 43-year old has been rumored to return to the UFC where he may face the former light-heavyweight champion, Jon “Bones” Jones, who relinquished the title after multiple title reigns and forced forfeitures due to public misconduct, run-ins with the law, and failed drug tests.
If “The Beast Incarnate” returns to fight for the richest MMA promotion in the world, it’s a crack shot that he’ll have an ultimate payday against arguably the greatest fighter the company has produced. He was the UFC Heavyweight Champion defeating Randy Couture and has had two memorable matches against arch-rival Frank Mir. His last fight with the company was a no-contest result against Mark Hunt after testing positive for a banned substance.
If he happens to sign with rival organization Bellator MMA, he’ll be given the opportunity to face off against another man who’s also arguably the best in the sport in Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko. Either way, Brock is expected to continue where he left off as a main eventer, but which promotion will be able to outbid the other to win Lesnar’s services?
Jeered or revered, Lesnar is expected to bring even those furthest from the venue he may be fighting in to come see him perform under the brightest lights. With COVID-19 still in effect, the best he can do is get people to order his fights on Pay-Per View, buy his T-shirts and memorabilia, or tune into The Paramount Network to watch him fight.
Over the past two decades, he’s been destined for greatness and has achieved it in bunches since winning the NCAA Men’s National Wrestling Championship in the Heavyweight Division while attending the University of Minnesota in 2000. With talent, drive, and reckless abandon for a man his size and age, this could be a hit-or-miss wherever he goes as Father Time has arrived.
Could he have one last hurrah fighting or could he wrestle under another banner other than the WWE for the first time since holding the IWGP Heavyweight Title while in New Japan Pro Wrestling?
It may not be the off-season like LeBron James had a decade ago in the summer of 2010, but Lesnar has a big decision to make. This should be the most anticipated free agency period of any wrestler’s career that all should follow wherever he goes.