Brock Lesnar’s latest WWE contract is nearly up, and as usual we’ve got another batch of rumors that the wrestling legend may jump back over to the UFC for a big money fight rather than continue to perform in the squared circle.
It’s always difficult to predict exactly what Lesnar will end up doing, but you can always rely on the savvy businessman playing both sides against each other to secure the best deal for himself possible.
The latest details to come out regarding Lesnar’s contract come via Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which is about as reliable a source as you’re going to get for this sort of thing. According to Meltzer, Lesnar’s contract does indeed end after WrestleMania 34 on April 8th, but he would be unable to do anything outside the WWE until August without Vince McMahon’s permission.
That permission isn’t exactly outside the realm of possibility, since Lesnar always seems willing to return to the WWE fold so long as they don’t get in the way of him doing what he wants. What he wants is a big money superfight in the UFC, and Lesnar vs. Jon Jones was supposed to be that big fight. But then Jones failed a drug test for steroids, and that seemed like the end of that.
Perhaps not, though. Jones has been hard at work trying to clear his name or at the very least avoid a lengthy suspension. Originally it looked like he may face between two and four years for this second failure under the USADA drug testing regime. But UFC president Dana White has recently sounded positive that their former light heavyweight champ may return to the Octagon in 2018.
White sounded equally confident that Brock would fight in the UFC this year too, saying “I just think Brock loves to fight.” But they’ll need a big name for him to face to make the money right. Jon Jones certainly fits the bill, so keep an eye on how his USADA drug suspension shakes out, as that will likely be the defining factor in one last Lesnar run in the UFC.