There are few people who know more about MMA than Dave Meltzer. No one on Earth knows more about MMA and pro wrestling combined. Thus the below report can be read with a great degree of confidence.
After a weekend of questions not being asked and rumors abounding about Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC, it now appears much of it was a publicity stunt to get his name out for his return to World Wrestling Entertainment at Monday's live Raw show in Richmond, Va.
Lesnar, 36, who was the biggest drawing heavyweight champion in UFC history, signed a lucrative one-year contract with WWE in April 2012, and then signed a two-year renewal before that deal expired.
UFC president Dana White, over the weekend, had said that he didn't know anything about Lesnar rumors, which resurfaced regarding a match with Emelianenko. But given the news last night that Lesnar would return to WWE, it made the timing of those rumors as likely a publicity plant to build for his return to pro wrestling Monday.
All talk of Lesnar doing MMA is just that. The stories have usually cited that Lesnar has a unique WWE deal that would allow him to fight, which is not the case.
"WWE has exclusive rights to services (to Lesnar) and such exclusivity extends to ultimate fighting competitions," said a WWE official.
Lesnar's WWE contract will not expire until April 2015.
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