WWE star Brock Lesnar is all set to return for MMA action as he takes on Mark Hunt at UFC 200 next weekend. It will mark Lesnar’s return to the Octagon since departing in 2011 due to diverticulitis but focus is more on the things that would follow after the match.
No conflict of interest between UFC and WWE
Worth noting here is that despite Lesnar’s participation at UFC 200, he is still under contract with the WWE. Contrary to the belief of many, there is no conflict of interest between the UFC and the WWE. Stephanie McMahon set the records straight during an interview with Business Insider.
In the interview, Stephanie explained how Lesnar’s UFC 200 stint is a ‘special case’. She goes on to say that this was not a cross-promotional gimmick and that they were “not supporting the fight necessarily”.
Instead, she approached Lesnar’s participation in a different way. She points out that what their talent does outside the WWE helps generate more awareness and that they recognize the value of that.
Brock Lesnar doesn’t care
While Stephanie’s comments seem to come at a professional standpoint, it also allowed critics to try and stir up some heat.
MMAfighting.com brought up that interview with the “Beast Incarnate” and based on his replies, Lesnar hardly cares about what Stephanie McMahon or anyone else thinks of his upcoming UFC 200 stint and future plans.
Worth noting is the impact it may have should Lesnar lose to Hunt. Does this add pressure to the “Beast”?
As far as he is concerned, the 38-year-old star is doing what he wants to do right now. No one is forcing him into the situation and is more on Lesnar living his life without strings attached.
Whatever happens, Lesnar is expected to be at WWE SummerSlam this August. It will be curious though if the WWE would use the result of Lesnar’s UFC 200 fight in the storylines. That will of course depend on whether the “Beast Incarnate” will allow it.