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Scott Coker on Brock Lesnar: 'He's a big needle mover'

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If Brock Lesnar intends to return to mixed martial arts, he might have more than just the UFC bidding for his services.

With Lesnar's WWE contract nearing its end, rumors have been swirling that the former UFC heavyweight champion is mulling a return to competitive mixed martial arts. It's all conjecture or unsourced gossip, but Bellator President Scott Coker is throwing his organization's hat in the ring in terms of interest in Lesnar should he make the move.

"That's a good question," Coker told Ariel Helwani on Monday's The MMA Hour when asked in Bellator is interested in signing Lesnar. "We've had a conversation internally and it's worth a conversation, but that's something we'll pursue maybe later into January."

While Coker is playing coy in terms of any specifics, he was unequivocal in saying Lesnar fits the profile of the kind of free agent signing Bellator would be interested in pursuing.

"I would say, look, any fighter that's out there or any star athlete - not star athlete in the sense of a baseball player, but like a Brock Lesnar - that really wants to fight, we're going to have a conversation with them. Because if they can move the needle, we're going to want them on Spike TV.

"I think that he's a big needle mover," Coker says. "There have been several years that have passed and I think that he still has the WWE limelight. So, I think that he still has a lot of star power, but to come back and say, 'Hey, I want to train, I want to commit, I want fight', that's going to be a big commitment on his part. We haven't had a conversation yet, but we'd like to at some point."