Brock Lesnar Re-signs with WWE, But May Still Be Able to Compete in UFC

Brock Lesnar weighs in at UFC 200
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Despite Brock Lesnar returning to the WWE with a new contract after Sunday’s WrestleMania 34, there’s still a chance he could be back in the octagon soon.

After all the talk of Brock Lesnar returning to MMA and the UFC in particular of late, Sunday night’s WrestleMania 34 was a bit anti-climactic. Sure, Ronda Rousey made her big debut, and looked better than many had feared. But at the end of the night, fellow UFC star and WWE universal champion Brock Lesnar also won big, retaining his title over Roman Reigns.

In the scripted world of the WWE, most had expected Lesnar to lose the belt. That would allow for his much ballyhooed return to the UFC, which UFC President Dana White assured fans would be happening. However, not only did Lesnar win, but on Monday, the WWE announced they had re-signed the former UFC heavyweight champion to a new deal.

So was Lesnar once again playing the promotions off one another? Or was White, who has always been on good terms with the massive wrestler, in on it the whole time? Was it just a work?

Not so fast. Sporting News’ Steven Muehlhausen revealed (per sources) that Lesnar’s new deal allows him to compete in the UFC parallel to his WWE career. That means that Lesnar could return to action, just as soon as he gets back in that pesky USADA pool and serves out the remainder of his suspension.

Will he? That remains to be seen. And then there’s Mark Hunt’s lawsuit, in which Lesnar is named. But it seems the door isn’t closed just yet.