Up until now, the word on Brock Lesnar was that his contract with WWE runs through WrestleMania 34. The means that Lesnar would have to lose the WWE Universal Championship unless he signs a new deal with the company. There have been rumblings of Lesnar wanting to fight in UFC again and possibly fighting against Jon Jones. Unfortunately, that fight can’t happen because of Jones’ latest drug suspension.
UFC President Dana White was on the Dan Lebatard show on Friday and revealed when Lesnar’s WWE contract ends. He was asked if Jones vs. Lesnar was in the original plans. He said, “Well Lesnar was still under contract with WWE until next August so, who knows what would have happened. I don’t count my chickens anymore, I’ll tell you that.” Lesnar was under contract with WWE but was allowed to fight Mark Hunt. White said, “They didn’t want to do that again. You saw what happened the last time he was under contract [with WWE] and it doesn’t look good for anybody,” White said on Friday on the Dan Lebatard show.
If White is correct about the duration of Lesnar’s contract then that gives WWE some breathing room on whatever their plans are for the Mania main event. Right now, the belief is that Roman Reigns will beat him for the title but if the company decides to change plans, for whatever reason, then they could have Lesnar retain and lose it on a different show. I don’t see that happening but it’s always a possibility if Vince McMahon feels that everyone knows the finish of the match.
Lesnar turns 41 years old in July so the door is closing on more fights but he still has leverage on WWE because companies like UFC and Bellator are going to offer him big money to fight since both companies are in need of big money pay-per-view draws. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Lesnar towards the latter part of 2018.
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