Photo of Brock Lesnar via WWE.com.
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is now firmly entrenched in his spot on the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) roster, this after just a few weeks since making his big return the night after WrestleMania 28 on April 2, 2012, in Miami.
The beefy badass came back after having conquered the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), breaking into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Feb. 2008 and winning the promotion's heavyweight title in November of that very same year.
But then his career took a turn for the worse when, just one year later, he was diagnosed with diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder that nearly took his life and had him on the shelf for an extended period of time. He would come back for a few more fights but the disease struck again and just this past December, he lost to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 and retired from MMA.
And went running right back into the loving arms of Vince McMahon and the WWE.
What's been interesting about the entire ordeal isn't that Lesnar went back to the pro wrestling world. No, that was expected, as he was offered an insane amount of money for a very small amount of work, relatively speaking.
The surprise has come in just how WWE has elected to make use of the former champion. They've liberally thrown around his past accomplishments with UFC, using his legitimate sport fighting career to bolster his reputation in the land of make believe.
He was even quoted as saying it was on his "blood, sweat, and tears" that UFC has found such great success in recent years. That may be true, to an extent, but it's a blatant exaggeration that one would think Dana White wouldn't exactly be glowing about.
But one would be wrong. In fact, White isn't upset at all. To take it one step further, he says he's happy for the big lug.
"When he did the deal with the WWE, all the rumblings started with you guys," White told reporters at the UFC 145 post-fight press conference last night (via MMAWeekly.com). "He never called me. He never told me. He didn't have to. It was always up front and said in his deal, he could do the WWE. One of the things I love about Brock is, everything we did with that guy, nothing ever leaked out of that camp. I'm happy for him. To do what he did in the WWE, came here and did what he did, now he's back over there. Good for him; good for them."
Any press is good press, just as long as they spell your name right, huh?
That may be the case and as long as WWE isn't publicly disparaging UFC, which they have yet to do, then I can't imagine a scenario in which White would get upset with Vince McMahon, whom he's always maintained a solid relationship with.
Hell, maybe they can work together at some point down the road in an official capacity. Something that could be mutually beneficial for both parties. And if you think that's crazy, look no further than the partnership Bellator is in the midst of forging with Total Nonstop Action (TNA), the second biggest pro wrestling company in the industry.
UFC and WWE. What a couple it would be.