Brock Lesnar’s newly announced WWE contract is a ‘short-term deal’ only that would allow him to return to the UFC, according to reports.
It was widely expected that the 40-year-old would finish up with the pro wrestling organisation at this past Sunday’s WrestleMania 34 amidst rumours of a UFC return, but Lesnar shocked fans across the wrestling and MMA world when he successfully defended his WWE Universal Championship against challenger Roman Reigns in the main event.
Of course, it is customary for pro wrestling superstars to “go out on their back”, so Lesnar’s unexpected victory prompted speculation that his tenure in the WWE had not yet run its full course.
Indeed, the company confirmed that it had signed the former UFC heavyweight champion to a new contract on Monday, with his next appearance scheduled to be at the Greatest Royal Rumble event, where he will defend his title in a rematch with Reigns in a steel cage in Saudi Arabia on April 27.
That doesn’t mean UFC president Dana White was spinning a line last week when he claimed on UFC Tonight that Lesnar was definitely going to return to the promotion, however. Veteran pro wrestling and MMA reporter Dave Meltzer has stated, in the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, that Lesnar’s latest WWE deal is for the short term only, with the option of at least one more UFC fight.
Lesnar also has the not-so-insignificant matter of USADA to deal with should he ultimately decide on a return to the Octagon. Having removed himself from the testing pool, the decorated former amateur wrestler is believed to have around six months of a suspension to serve having failed a post-fight drugs test after his last UFC outing in a victorious effort against Mark Hunt (since overturned to a no contest) at UFC 200.
Consequently, reports today suggest that the most likely return date for the 5-3 (1) heavyweight would be in December, with White previously hinting that Lesnar could be immediately inserted into the title picture against the winner of Stipe Miocic versus Daniel Cormier.
These rumours seem to align with Meltzer’s statement earlier, which would leave the former Minnesota Viking ample opportunity to see out his deal with the WWE and re-enter the USADA testing pool.