Brock Lesnar – UFC Rumors, NXT Possibly Leaving Tuesday Nights
Former WWE & UFC champion Brock Lesnar is a free agent, meaning promotions are very interested in signing him. And that includes the UFC.
Brock Lesnar – UFC Rumors
Former WWE champion Brock Lesnar is currently one of the biggest free agents on the market.
Lesnar’s contract with WWE expired on the final day of August and the former UFC heavyweight champion is believed to be free to sign with any pro wrestling or mixed martial arts promotion.
But will he?
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, Lesnar is only discussing a future with the WWE.
“As far as I know, he hasn’t been negotiating with UFC,” Meltzer said. “Everyone’s talking about the possibility of UFC, the possibility of AEW. I mean, the basic thing is that there was no rush to bring him back and sign him (to the WWE).
“Usually, he would be brought back for SummerSlam, but he wasn’t used for SummerSlam. He would be booked for the next Saudi Arabia show in November, but that isn’t happening and there’s no rush to bring him back.”
The 43-year-old returned to WWE after a one-fight stint in the UFC in 2016. Lesnar met Mark Hunt at UFC 200.
𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖊𝖒 vs 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭!
💢 Rewind to @AlistairOvereem's debut when he finished Brock Lesnar!
— UFC (@ufc) September 2, 2020
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Lesnar’s fifth WWE championship reign came to an end at WrestleMania 36 in April at the hands of Drew McIntyre. He did not appear after that bout.
Jon Jones Interested In Facing Lesnar
Rumors around a potential return to UFC center around a possible match with Jon Jones. The former UFC light heavyweight champion vacated his title to begin pursuing the heavyweight belt.
UFC president Dana White, who has been close with Lesnar over the years, said the two “haven’t talked.”
He’s 43 years old and he’s got a lot of money,” White said. “I don’t know what his plans are and how his body feels or any of that. Like I said, I haven’t talked to him. (TMZ) asked me about it because his contract is up and I said, ‘if he calls me and he’s interested in fighting, then I would obviously consider making that fight.’
“I know nothing (about his contract). I know nothing about it.”
Jon Jones v Brock Lesnar?
Dana is down for it 😃 pic.twitter.com/06NaGZceyv
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) September 2, 2020
White added that if he is eligible to sign, and wants to, he would “do it” between Jones and Lesnar.
NXT Possibly Leaving Tuesday Nights
In an effort to possibly spark ratings, WWE is looking at moving NXT off Wednesday nights.
According to Wrestle Votes, there have been discussions about switching NXT to a different date. Currently, RAW airs on Monday and SmackDown on Friday night.
“Over the past month or so, discussions have transpired regarding NXT moving off Wednesday nights,” the report states. “No decision imminent, however, talks are ongoing. The numbers over the next two weeks might have some impact on this decision.”
Over the past month or so, discussions have transpired regarding NXT moving off Wednesday nights. No decision imminent, however, talks are ongoing. The numbers over the next 2 weeks might have some impact on this decision.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) September 2, 2020
By airing on Wednesday evenings, NXT goes up against All Elite Wrestling’s main show, AEW Dynamite. NXT airs on USA Network and Dynamite on TNT.
In terms of ratings, AEW has held the upper-hand most weeks over NXT.
It should be noted that the USA Network posed the idea to WWE several months. At the time, WWE decided not to take the offer, but that could now change.