Brock Lesnar's Free Agent Status: Are AEW & Bellator MMA Legit Options?, UFC/WWE Update

WWE AEW MMA |By Matt Boone |Sat, September 5, 2020 - 11:52AM EDT
Brock Lesnar Updates

Some more details have come to light regarding the free agent status of WWE Superstar and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.

As reported earlier in the week, Lesnar contractually became a free agent immediately after SummerSlam and WWE’s ability to license and promote his likeness and merchandise ended this week as well.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter writes that the reason Lesnar’s free agent status received no publicity is because it was simply a matter of technicality as WWE was not interested in using him without any big events or even an audience. The strong belief is that at 43 and out of the USADA testing pool, he is not looking at returning to the UFC either and he is out of the price range of AEW as he’s effectively now a “money guy."

Another option if Lesnar were to go the MMA route, however, would be the Bellator MMA route. The company has a wealthy financial backer in Viacom, with a strong television deal on Paramount Network that includes pay-per-view options if the right fight presents itself, and a perfect opponent in consensus greatest of all-time heavyweight MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.

Bellator MMA also does not filter their drug test screening through the strict USADA policy that the UFC adheres to, but instead the usual state athletic commission regulated tests, which are essentially an IQ test if you have any idea on what you're doing, which of course, "The Beast Incarnate" does.

Back on the pro wrestling side of things, Paul Heyman - a big part of his “act” in wrestling, is still contractually obligated to WWE. Most believe that if or when he does return to wrestling, it will continue to be with WWE.

While the possibility of Lesnar making the jump to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which also has a healthy financial backer in the Khan brothers, strong TV presence on TNT and pay-per-views every quarter, is always out there, most assume that when the time comes for Lesnar to sign on the dotted line, it will more likely than not end up seeing him remain with WWE.

We will keep you posted here at eWrestling.com as updates continue to surface regarding the future of Brock Lesnar.

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