In a way, it's nothing new for the Minnesota-based fighter to retreat to his family and quiet setting on his Minnesota ranch, shunning the media spotlight.
But this time his absence has come with rumors and whispers, that Lesnar is interested in returning to pro wrestling, although likely only for a one-fight payday at WWE's upcoming Wrestlemania event.
UFC president Dana White insists that the only appearance Lesnar will be making there would be as a fan.
"Like row three, seat 16," White said. "Row three, seat 16, aisle two sounds good to me."
White reiterated that Lesnar is restricted under the terms of his contract from doing a guest spot for any pro wrestling promotion without the UFC's permission, and that permission is not coming anytime soon.
Asked if he could discuss any developments in Lesnar's potential return to the octagon, White took a deep breath and took a drink of water before answering.
"We'll see what happens," he said. "We'll see what happens."
The 33-year-old Lesnar (5-2) has led the UFC to some of its biggest UFC pay-per-view buy rates, scoring over 1 million buys for each of his fights at UFC 100, UFC 116 and UFC 121.
Lesnar wrestled in the WWE for years before quitting from the promotion in 2004. An appearance by him would certainly help Wrestlemania rebound its sagging buys. The event has failed to pass the 1 million mark in each of the last two years. Its next edition, Wrestlemania 27, takes place on April 3, though White remains adamant that any Lesnar participation will be as an audience member and nothing more.
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