When you're the biggest draw in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA) and seemingly left the game when you still had some gas in the tank, of course there will be questions regarding whether or not you'll come back.
Such is the case with Brock Lesnar.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion retired from the sport (kind of) after his technical knockout loss at the hands of Alistair Overeem in December of last year, his second loss in a row. He claimed at the time he was already planning on it but wanted to do it just a bit later than he got to.
Pro wrestling fans and media knew he was flirting with a return to WWE and the loving arms of Vince McMahon, the promoter who made him a star back in 2002 inside the squared circle. That's exactly what happened, too, as he re-debuted on the episode of Monday Night Raw following WrestleMania 28.
He's done well for himself there, drawing solid buyrates at the Extreme Rules and SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) events and justified his monster contract for a schedule that isn't all that demanding and doesn't require long training camps that end with his getting punched in the face.
It's a cushy living, all things considered, but would he ever consider returning to the Octagon for one more run in the UFC? After all, he met with Dana White to discuss, well, something, and a return would seem to be the natural subject.
As it turns out, that cushy job in the pretend world of pro wrestling is enough to keep Lesnar satisfied. No competitive cravings here.
It helps that he has millions and millions of dollars in the bank.
"I think Dana White would love to have Brock Lesnar back. I think Lorenzo Fertitta would love to have Brock Lesnar back. Does Brock Lesnar want to go back? I don't think Brock has anything to prove in the UFC anymore. He's 35 years old. He made a lot of money in the UFC. His house and his farms and his cars and everything that he owns is paid for. Why would he go in and risk injury and concussions and risk any kind of physical damage when he doesn't need to? That's the thing you have to understand. How hungry can a fighter be when he has millions and millions of dollars in the bank? What's there for him to gain? Another run as UFC heavyweight champion? Why would he do that?"
One reason he might go back is legacy. In our recent poll asking you Maniacs if Lesnar is currently worthy of being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, 56-percent of you said no with another 18-percent responding by downplaying the very idea of the UFC Hall of Fame.
Either way you slice it, it's indicative of fans viewpoint on Lesnar as a fighter. He will not be remembered fondly, and from the sounds of it, that's just fine with him.