Many were surprised to see that former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar would be appearing as a playable character in the “WWE 12” video game, especially when you take into account UFC president Dana White’s past reluctance to share his fighters and the perceived pay-per-view battle going on between his company and the professional wrestling promotion.
However, given his admiration for WWE owner Vince McMahon and the staggering numbers Lesnar has produced during his tenure with the UFC, White claims he is more than willing to share his biggest PPV draw.
“What does it hurt me if he’s in the video game? Brock gets to make some money over on the WWE side, they make a great game … he’s still in my game, too. It’s not a big deal,” White stated.
“It’s an easy give for me, for a guy like Brock. It doesn’t affect me one way or the other. He came from the WWE. I would have no problem with them making any kind of deal that they wanted to do with him, as far as merchandise goes. Why would I block him from making money from the WWE?”
However, White’s generosity ends there. While he’s happy to lend Lesnar’s image and likeness to his fake fighting friends, he wouldn’t allow “The Next Big Thing” to bounce between organizations as long as he’s signed with the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
“If next weekend he wanted to wrestle in the WWE, that would be a whole different story,” White expressed. “He’ll never wrestle for the WWE while he’s under contract with me. But to be in their video game, that’s part of his history.
“I brought Brock into the UFC. The guy had one [MMA] fight, he was 1-0. I battled with it for a while. The WWE built him up to the star that he was and for me now to sit back and say, ‘No, he’s mine,’ I don’t care about that. It doesn’t affect me or my business, personally.”
Video gaming giant THQ publishes the “WWE” and the “UFC Undisputed” franchises.