In what has to be considered a bombshell, there is speculation that Brock Lesnar is planning a return to mixed martial arts and potentially looking for another matchup in the UFC. As was reported by Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, Lesnar entered into the USADA drug testing pool in the hopes that after his one-year suspension came to a close, he could qualify for another run in MMA.
"Sources tell us Brock’s contract with WWE expires not long after WrestleMania 34 next year and he’s already made it clear to backstage officials that he currently doesn’t intend to re-sign. We’re told the reason Lesnar has re-entered the testing pool is so that when his contract is up, he can make the right decision about his next career move … should he want to return to MMA."
However, after this article surfaced, UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky told Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting that Lesnar has not re-entered the pool.
The question for fans is, what does all this really mean? One source is reporting Brock Lesnar has re-entered while another cites he hasn't. In all this confusion, there is a chance that that Lesnar's re-entry into the testing pool hasn't happened yet, and he intends to return. That doesn't mean Lesnar won't re-enter or he isn't considering keeping his options open.
These developments all sound eerily similar to the last time Lesnar's contract was expiring with the WWE. At that time, there were rumors he was considering a return to the UFC. Lesnar ultimately didn't return, instead, he retired from MMA and discussed his satisfaction in becoming a professional wrestler again. This could be a repeat performance by the Beast Incarnate.
If there's one thing Lesnar understands, it's leverage. With every rumored return, he is well aware the WWE has to make a decision. Can they afford to lose one of their biggest draws to the UFC? If not, Vince McMahon and the WWE will pay handsomely to keep Lesnar under employment, and they'll meet demands that no other WWE Superstar can dare request.
These rumors do not bode well for Lesnar keeping the Universal Title past SummerSlam. The WWE won't want their champion to be a talent everyone realizes is leaving. But, on his way out (or at least until he makes up his mind) the WWE should, and probably will promote this storyline to maximize exposure and give whoever takes the title from Brock a nice kick-start into a title reign.