Many WWE and UFC fans were probably a little surprised to see Brock Lesnar defeat Roman Reigns and retain his WWE Universal title on Sunday night at WrestleMania 34, but after Monday’s announcement, things are a little more clear.
It was widely known Lesnar’s contract with the WWE was coming to an end, and on Monday, the promotion announced Lesnar had re-signed with the company. It was also announced he would again face Reigns at The Greatest Rumble Ever later this month.
Prior to this weekend’s event, UFC President Dana White made it very clear he expects to have Lesnar back in the Octagon, perhaps even later this
Did Lesnar use talks of returning to the Octagon as leverage in a deal with the WWE?
We don’t know for sure, but I’d be willing to bet there’s a clause in Lesnar’s new WWE deal that allows him to fight in the UFC as well. That was essentially what we saw in July 2016 when Lesnar faced Mark Hunt at UFC 200. Lesnar was victorious, but he failed two drug tests and the match was ruled a no contest.
Just days before that match, the WWE announced Lesnar would be facing Randy Orton at SummerSlam. The obvious similarities suggest this will be business as usual for Lesnar, the WWE, and UFC. As a major draw for both promotions and industries, Lesnar is likely going to be afforded the freedom to appear, perform and earn from both organizations.