Concussions. Money. It's all very complicated.
According to former WWE commentator Jim Ross, former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE champ Brock Lesnar could be leaning back towards staying in the ring after all.
Rumors had surfaced that Lesnar was contemplating a return to MMA, but the prospect of earning millions while not being punched in the face may have claimed yet another soul.
"Sources are saying that it looks more promising that Brock Lesnar could well stay with WWE past WrestleMania due to concerns over long term health affects [sic] of competing in MMA specifically concussion oriented issues later in one's life," Ross said this week in his blog. "Gain, these are 'sources' and how reliable they are can only be judged after WM31 [WrestleMania 31] and following the status of the former UFC Heavyweight Champion."
So either Lesnar has joined the vast majority of humanity unwilling to fight people for money or the UFC needs to up its bid.
"One thing is certain," said Ross. "If UFC believes, and rightfully so in my view, that CM Punk will sell PPV's for at least his first two fights then what would a healthy Brock Lesnar mean to the UFC brand in a time where no combat sport company has a plethora of bona fide star power that can move the needle on the pay per view business."
WrestleMania 31 takes place March 29 in Santa Clara, California, so join me in hoping for a swift resolution.
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Big day. Dave Meltzer explains how the UFC's decisions regarding PEDs will change the direction of the sport.
Dragon. Lyoto Machida says Luke Rockhold's ground game ‘doesn't scare me at all.'
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UFC rankings report.
Diego Brandao doesn't like to be videotaped.
Free Fight: Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar at UFC 81.
Max Holloway's vlog from UFC Fight Night: Broomfield.
GLORY welterweight Nieky Holzken training down with the Blackzilians. Skip to 12:00 for sparring with Michael Johnson.
Bendo's toothpick gets a quasi thug life video.
Jens Pulver: Crazy career stories, Return to MMA, Young Nick Diaz, Marijuana, Australia
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Can't be good.
. @JonnyBones you up? I have a situation..,— Chael Sonnen (@sonnench) February 18, 2015
It's terrible how athletes can get hooked on pain killers. Medicinal marijuana should be legal for athletes— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) February 17, 2015
I'm working on booking a fight right now. hopefully I'll have an announcement to make soon! stay tuned http://t.co/gzdu9IbK8c— Carlos Condit (@CarlosCondit) February 18, 2015
Final days of preparation #UFC184 #rouseyVSzingano #feb28 photo courtesy @hansgutknecht pic.twitter.com/uuqOqRnu7W— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) February 18, 2015
What u know about that #SeoulFood? Dinner w/the wife, working on getting that weight up... #TheOnceAndFutureKing pic.twitter.com/89VqUIUP9e— Benson Henderson (@BensonHenderson) February 18, 2015
Happy #FatTuesday and #MardiGras Let the good times roll. pic.twitter.com/U9RNo36kHC— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) February 18, 2015
I love the @ufc & the sport of mma so I'm willing to do my part to make sure we're viewed as professional athletes http://t.co/UGwo2ixJi9— Patrick Cummins (@OfficialDurkin) February 17, 2015
Ready for Stipe.
Best of luck.
Thank you for the opportunities you have given me @ufc @danawhite @seanshelby— Andy Ogle (@thelittleaxe) February 18, 2015
@JoeSchilling187 @BellatorMMA Hi Joe, no problem, any time, anywhere!— Shlemenko Alexander (@StormShlemenko) February 18, 2015
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via MikeMorganMMA.
FEARLESS: Michael 'Venom' Page Documentary
Bellator's Michael Page has been described as brash, cocky and flashy amongst others things. #WHOATV went behind the scenes as Page prepares for his next opponent, Curtis Millender, on the stacked British Invasion fight card. In this revealing documentary Page talks about his past, present and future.
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