If former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is going to make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2015, he can't be walking around the locker room at 300+ pounds.
And he definitely can't be purple.
That may explain why the current WWE champion returned to the USA network earlier this month looking a little more fit and trim. In fact, sources from within the pro wrestling company are already operating under the assumption that Lesnar will say goodbye to the land of make believe when his contract expires in March.
Longtime MMA and WWE reporter Dave Meltzer has the update at F4Wonline.com (subscription required):
Speaking of Lesnar, even though he is no longer being advertised as one of the stars on the 1/19 Raw show in Dallas, he is still booked on the card. It's a 180 from building the Raws that he was on around him as the top star to not even listing him as a top star. The Lesnar people always keep things quiet, but within the company, the belief is that he's going back to UFC, and his showing up lighter to TV last week confirmed that to people who thought it. If it wasn't for Punk, this would be a big deal, but with Punk, it's a much bigger deal because the last thing WWE wants is this perception that UFC has just grabbed two of the company's biggest stars. Lesnar is back on the 12/29 Raw in Washington, DC.
UFC President Dana White is all for it.
Then again, he also signed a former WWE champion with no combat sports experience whatsoever, so it's not like he's being overly selective at this point. In addition, it's widely-accepted that a "scary looking" Lesnar can breathe new life into sagging pay-per-view (PPV) buys.