Less than a day after former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar retained his title in a much-maligned main headliner bout against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania34 in New Orleans. News arrived on Monday that Lesnar has formally re-signed with WWE.
BREAKING: #UniversalChampion @BrockLesnar re-signs with @WWE and will defend his championship against @WWERomanReigns in a #SteelCage match at WWE Greatest Royal Rumble! #WWEGRR https://t.co/rr4xAzlrGs
— WWE (@WWE) April 9, 2018
Terms of the new deal weren’t announced but Lesnar’s next outing will be at the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia April 27, would be rematching Roman Reigns. However, per sources close to the situation described it as a short-term deal.
The news was speculating that Brock Lesnar would leave after WrestleMania, a few days back during an appearance on UFC Tonight, UFC president Dana White Lesnar is coming back to the UFC and gave a clear indication that it will happen.
But with the new contract, it looks as if Lesnar has shunned interest from UFC that would have seen him return to the Octagon. As per the new deal, Lesnar could still have limitations that allow him to fight in UFC either as part of his WWE contract or via special allowance by a chairman.
Brock Lesnar last fought against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July 2016. Lesnar emerged victoriously, but he failed two drug tests, and the match was ruled a no contest and was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). After this, Lesnar Lesnar announced his retirement from MMA
However, for Lesnar to compete in UFC again, Lesnar would have to re-enter USADA’s testing pool and serve out the remaining six-plus months of his one-year suspension.