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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon not willing to budge on contract talks

The contract issues between Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have still not been resolved. It wouldn't be a shock if things were not resolved until after WrestleMania since Brock would probably have better bargaining power when he gets a solid contract offer from UFC or Bellator. Right now he can't counter with an MMA offer because UFC and Bellator can not legally offer him a deal until his WWE contract has expired.

The timing of all of this is great for Lesnar because the WWE Network subscriber numbers are up which means that the company would have more money available to sign him if they thought he was worth what he's asking for and the company is not in cost cutting mode. Several months ago it was thought that the company would not want to spend the money since network subscribers were down. The feeling is that Viacom (they own Bellator) is the least likely to get Lesnar but they are not shy about spending big money to get recognizable names for their product. The claim from Lesnar is that he is a major league performer so that would mean that it would likely wind down to WWE or UFC. The word from Brock's camp is that the reason he would want to fight again is because he wants to prove that a healthy Brock Lesnar can be the best and diverticulitis took that away from him during his last run in UFC. Only he know and his advisors know if that is something he believes or something being said to help him with negotiations.

The whole CM Punk situation has helped Brock's leveraging power with WWE as sell. WWE will say publicly that they don't share the same fanbase with MMA but privately they know otherwise because it's stated in their non-competes that they don't want their talent working for MMA companies. Also, WWE has had trouble drawing in arenas where UFC had run during that same week. Brock does not have the same things in his contract that Bret Hart had in 1997 that would allow him to not agree to drop the title to Roman Reigns and the implication is that if he did that then he would be in breach so one would think that he would not put up a fight but there have been several cases like this in the past.

The belief is that Lesnar will end up staying with WWE since it makes more sense for him especially in his late 30s. He would have more longevity in WWE than he would in UFC. The question is whether he has the same mentality as CM Punk in that he has something he wants to accomplish in sports. If he didn't sign with UFC then that window is closed so that is something to consider. Jim Ross gave his thoughts on the situation on his podcast and suggested that Brock could make more money over the long haul if he stayed with WWE and appeared on most of the main TV shows with the idea being that he could charge more for sponsorships because he would be seen by more people on a weekly basis and he could still work a leaner schedule by not working on the live events.

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Right now the situation is that neither Vince or Brock wants to budge and if a deal is going to get done then they will both have to budge and right now there is no pressure on Lesnar, since has options, to budge. Brock can walk back into UFC and make tons of money or walk into Bellator and cut a sweet money deal with them but Bellator would need to pony up a big paycheck if they want to get him. Lesnar would cost a lot more than it took to get Rampage Jackson.

The finish for the Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns match is pretty clear given the situation with Lesnar's contract, that is, unless they decided to have Seth Rollins cash in the case or not.

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