Brock Lesnar had to arm wrestle Vince McMahon to get UFC deal permission

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With the dust starting to settle on Saturday's dramatic announcement that Brock Lesnar would be returning to the UFC from WWE for a fight at UFC 200, the finer details of the deal are starting to emerge.

In a string of media appearances on Monday, The Beast Incarnate revealed, amongst other things, that he would be fighting Mark Hunt as well as discussing his commitment to the WWE and his long-standing desire to return to the UFC octagon.

One of the more unusual revelations, however, came when Lesnar was discussing with ESPN just what he had to do to get WWE CEO Vince McMahon to give his UFC ambition the green light.


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As reported by Sherdog.com, Lesnar told ESPN:

"“I said, ‘Listen, old man, we can do this the hard way or the easy way,’

“I said, ‘Do you wanna arm-wrestle for it?’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah, what the hell.’ So, I ended up beating him, and here we are.”

The former UFC heavyweight champion did tell the story with a smile on his face, so whether he was being totally honest or was still in WWE Superstar promo mode is unclear.

Considering we're talking about Vince McMahon here, however, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to hear that he does settle significant business deals like this one with an arm wrestle. This is, after all, the man who throws a hissy fit at anyone who sneezes in his presence. Unorthodox is an understatement.

Building the brand

Speaking in more detail on why the WWE were willing to agree to letting one of their biggest names put themselves in harms way, Lesnar continued:

"“In the WWE brand, I’m a legit athlete in that brand, and I bring lots to the company.

“For me to get back in the octagon legitimises why the WWE has me in their company. It’s a win for all of us.”

Lesnar is right. Since returning to the WWE from UFC in 2012, the 38-year-old has been billed as a genuinely unbeatable, dominant performer - his part-time role focusing on no-thrills power rather any gimmicks.

If he is able to go to UFC 200 and record a W in the octagon in front of millions of people, that will only enhance his reputation as the most feared Superstar in WWE.

Having not fought in the MMA organisation for five years, however, he will need more than a good arm wrestle game to defeat Hunt on July 9.

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