On today’s installment of Wrestling Observer Radio, during their Mailbag segment a reader asked why WWE will not allow Brock Lesnar to work for the UFC again while remaining under contract with them.
“The won’t let him do it again, and that is why he is leaving.”
When he was asked what made WWE change their mind, Meltzer notes Brock Lesnar’s failed drug test as to the reason why they will not allow him to work for UFC while remaining under contract with WWE because it poses a risk to them.
“A failed drug test is probably why. It’s a big risk for them. I’m really surprised they let him fight with Mark Hunt. He had to kind of talk them into that. I think that they thought he would beat Mark Hunt, which is surprising to a degree just because… Well he did win. I thought that fight was far from a given that he would win.”
Meltzer goes on to explain that a potential fight with Jon “Bones” Jones is one of the reasons that Lesnar wishes to go back to the UFC, but that there is also a chance that he is just using this to leverage WWE for more money, and that he really has no plans of going back unless there is a big money fight for him.
“The big fight with Jon Jones is probably one he [Lesnar] won’t win, but there is so much money to be made, and I think that’s why he wants to do that fight. I don’t think UFC is that comfortable having to work with WWE to get somebody that they don’t have under contract. I mean they did because it was UFC 200 and it was a special show, but I think that they would rather not do that. I think that he would rather not have to go and get Vince McMahon’s approval on everything he does. So it just makes sense. If the right fight is there, then the money is there for him to leave. If it’s not, it’s different. The flip side is this all may be fluff anyways and he’s just doing it to leverage and get a better deal from Vince.”
(H/T our friends at Ringside.com for the transcriptions.)