While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass would absolutely love to see former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar return to the Octagon in 2015, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) officials are hoping to ink a new contract with the WWE champ before his contract runs dry in March.
Although WWE announced Lesnar would be appearing at Monday night's Raw show, the former UFC champ was nowhere to be seen, and reports are that Lesnar left the building when his contract discussions stalled with WWE CEO Vince McMahon.
MMAFighting has the report:
Sources close to the situation have said Lesnar and WWE CEO Vince McMahon reached an impasse regarding terms of a new contract, and neither would budge. The issue was described as resolvable, but not yet resolved. McMahon was attempting to sign Lesnar prior to his deal expiring, where, on the free-agent market, he could play WWE, UFC and Bellator against each other.
Lesnar has four scheduled appearances left before his contract expires, television appearances on March 9 in Pittsburgh, March 23 in Los Angeles and March 30 in San Jose, as well as headlining WrestleMania, on March 29 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
UFC President Dana White would sure like to have the heavyweight behemoth return to the Octagon, and UFC matchmakers may be interested in setting up a trilogy bout with Frank Mir following his UFC Fight Night 61 victory over Antonio Silva (highlights here).
Will Lesnar leave the world of make believe to strut back to the cage one last time in search for UFC redemption?
We likely won't have to wait much longer to find out.