This might be an unpopular opinion, but WWE letting Brock Lesnar return to UFC is a big mistake.
It's understandable that Lesnar is a big draw for the company, and this allows for some special freedom other wrestlers might not get, but the real gamble comes in the WWE letting their most credible act go out into a fight situation in which his stock could be severely damaged.
The question no-one seems to be asking is this: what if Brock loses?
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WWE have built Lesnar up to be this unbeatable beast, who will destroy anyone who gets in his way.
However, when it comes to UFC, the fighting is real, and there is a serious chance that Lesnar could lose.
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Here are two massive risks WWE are taking by allowing Lesnar to fight at UFC 200.
Credibility in Danger
Yes, Brock Lesnar lost his last UFC match to Alistair Overeem, but that loss is marred in speculation of what could have been if Brock was healthy.
Lesnar has been battling a severe case of diverticulitis for much of his career, and that always gave his credibility special protection against criticism.
Brock Lesnar is the beast, no-one in the company looks even close to being able to legitimately hurt him. His career in UFC only helped to further enhance a presence already glowing with a special shine of indestructibility.
What if Lesnar goes out there in UFC 200 and gets destroyed by a lesser opponent? Or any opponent for that matter?
Lesnar is 38, Mix Martial Arts is not a unique sport in which age helps to enhance talent. There is one universal truth in MMA, there is always someone better ready to knock you off the top, especially as age takes away from a fighter’s ability.
Lesnar is six years removed from his last UFC match, any way you cut it, the possibility of Lesnar coming out the loser in his contest is high.
This does not bode well for a believable world beater in pro-wrestling. Brock could be tagged as the guy who can no longer cut it in the world of “real fighting”, and now has to go play fight in order to make a living. This takes away from the character of “The Beast” in the WWE.
Not Unique to WWE
One of the biggest knocks on Brock Lesnar the wrestler right now is his limited schedule.
He simply has one of the best deals in the sport, allowing him more time at home and virtually no time going up and down the road like other guys. It is understandable that WWE officials would do anything to please Brock Lesnar. Vince has previously stated that he sees Lesnar as a “special attraction” which is why it should be okay for him to wrestle only a few times a year.
Brock certainly at times brings in a special atmosphere to his matches, but a lot of that energy is predicated on his legitimate UFC credentials.
But if he can now be seen in UFC and WWE, how special is he exactly? It would seem for the WWE, not very special at all if anything, UFC now holds the cards in the deal.
To the UFC audience, this might be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Lesnar for one last time.
The WWE loses the “special attraction" label for Brock. If Lesnar is successful in his match and decides he wishes to fight more in the UFC, the WWE would stand to be the fool in this scenario.
The WWE is certainly taking a gamble in this scenario, potentially limiting the selling power of one of their top attractions.
In many ways, it could be a losing situation. Lesnar is certainly a gifted fighter, a freakish athlete with strength and speed, and a genuine mean streak. In the world of pro-wrestling, this has always helped to elevate him above the rest. UFC 200 presents some uncertainty for the company that pays him: The WWE.
More than anyone in this situation, they stand to lose the most, win, lose or draw for Lesnar.
Have WWE made a mistake by allowing Brock Lesnar to compete at UFC 200? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!