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Opinion: Will Brock Lesnar return to UFC in 2018?

Will The Beast enter the octagon again, once his WWE contract comes to an end?

Feature 07 Jan 2018, 09:44 IST

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Brock Lesnar weighs in Even as the current WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar defends his title against Kane and Braun Strowman at the Royal Rumble this month, there's been much speculation on whether or not Lesnar will be leaving WWE after his contract expires this year.

It was recently reported by the Wrestling Observer that Lesnar's contract expires in April of this year, although it could extend to August due to clauses in his contract. With that being said, what's next for Lesnar once his current deal runs out?

Although Lesnar technically announced his retirement in MMA back in February of last year, this isn't the first time he has retired from the sport and has thought of making a return.

For example, when Lesnar's WWE contract was coming to an end in mid-2015, he announced his retirement from MMA when he decided to resign with WWE. He said this to ESPN:

The fighter inside me wants to compete.The father and husband -- I'm an older caveman now. I make wiser caveman decisions. So, I'm here to say my legacy in the Octagon is over.

However, his retirement wouldn't last very long as he made a surprise return to the UFC at UFC 200 while still under contract with WWE.

As he went on to defeat Mark Hunt in his return bout, he was later suspended by the NSAC for testing positive for clomiphene, thus reversing his win against Hunt into a no contest.

Even though Lesnar may retired from MMA, he may be motivated to get back into the octagon to make up for his drug-failure debacle.

However, Lesnar is turning 41 this July, and he may feel that his age would catch up to him if he tried to get back into MMA competition. It's also worth noting that Lesnar is one of WWE's highest paid performers, despite being in a part-time role.

So that could be a major factor if Lesnar decides to resign with WWE once his contract comes to an end.

It's unknown whether Lesnar will go back to the UFC or not for the time being. Lesnar could be planning to return to the promotion at this very moment. I'm sure answers will unfold once his contract comes to an end.

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