What's the story?
The WWE Universal Champion has been a force in the professional wrestling company, but there have been rumours of him heading back to the UFC for upwards of a year now. It appears that it might finally be happening, with Ariel Helwani of ESPN and The MMA Show reporting on it.
In case you didn't know...
At UFC 226, Daniel Cormier did the unthinkable and knocked out the taller Stipe Miocic in a fight for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Immediately after winning the fight, Cormier went on to say that he was ready for a new challenger, and called out the former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar was present in the crowd and immediately rushed the Octagon, getting in Cormier's face and shoving the Champion before they were separated. Given that the last time he fought in the UFC in 2016 Lesnar had tested positive for PEDs, there was doubt about his return.
However, Lesnar immediately entered the USADA testing pool for 6 months, with no test turning up positive at the time of writing this article.
The heart of the matter
The rumour of Lesnar's return to the Octagon has been circulating for a while now. Lesnar has been a dominant force in the WWE, losing only to Roman Reigns at SummerSlam.
The UFC has apparently set a tentative fight date for Lesnar and Daniel Cormier for the UFC Heavyweight Championship for August. The fight will take place on the UFC 240 pay-per-view -- an event which is without a set date or venue at the moment.
This does not necessarily mean that Lesnar is leaving WWE, as according to a contract he signed in November, he is allowed a single UFC fight. This could indeed be a one-off fight for Lesnar and would mean a massive payday for the fighter.
Brock Lesnar will face Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 35. There are rumours that he will be retaining his title there.
However, it is unlikely that WWE will allow Lesnar to fight in the UFC while holding the WWE Universal title, which means that there is a chance that Lesnar will lose the title before August.
Watch WrestleMania 35 Live and Exclusive on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi) channels on 8th April 2019 from 2.30 am IST.Published 04 Apr 2019, 14:58 IST