After the recent announcement that former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar would be making his return to the Octagon at July 9’s blockbuster UFC 200 from Las Vegas, Nevada, many had wondered what was in it for the WWE.

After all, Lesnar is still under contract with the professional wrestling organization so why would Vince McMahon let one of his biggest stars go off and compete in the UFC?

Lesnar made it seem as if McMahon was simply allowing him to follow his dreams, but perhaps the WWE is also hoping to use the deal as leverage in luring in some UFC stars to participate in WWE events in the near future.

For example, it was recently reported that rising star and women’s strawweight contender Paige VanZant could potentially appear at ‘SummerSlam’ later this summer.

According to Forbes, that’s not all the WWE is hoping for, however.

Aside from some added promotion to ‘SummerSlam’, which Lesnar will also compete at, the WWE is hoping to have former UFC bantamweight champion and mega star “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey participate at the highly-anticipated Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando, Florida.

Rousey actually appeared in the ring at Wrestlemania 31 in a segment, but the WWE is now hoping to book her for a legitimate wrestling match as opposed to just an appearance.

Rousey hasn’t competed in the Octagon since shockingly surrendering her title in brutal fashion to Holly Holm at November 2015’s UFC 193 from Melbourne, Australia.

Her return to MMA has been discussed, rumored, and pushed back time and time again, and there is no official date as of now.

Will we see the former champion next in the Octagon or the WWE ring?