Dana White was on a recent edition of The Dan Le Batard Show and, unsurprisingly, the topic of Brock Lesnar came up. The conversation turned to the fight that many UFC fans had been hoping for, Lesnar v. Jon Jones.
Given Jones’ troubles with a failed drug test following his victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214—which caused Cormier to be reinstated as Light Heavyweight Champion—the odds don’t look good that there will ever be a Lesnar v. Jones match even if The Beast did go back to the UFC again. But, when could he return to the octagon?
White stated that Lesnar’s contract with the WWE expires in August 2018. While UFC were able to work out a deal with the WWE while Brock was still under contract that allowed him to fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July of 2016, that won’t be happening again.
“They didn’t want to do that again,” said White. “You saw what happened the last time he was under contract [with WWE] and it doesn’t look good for anybody.”
That comment is probably referencing that fact that Lesnar tested positive for steroids after his fight at UFC—which doesn’t look good for the WWE who have suspended other wrestlers for similar violations but didn’t do anything to Lesnar.
Lesnar avoided any repercussions from the WWE because, as a WWE spokesperson pointed out back when this was all going down, “WWE’s talent wellness program does not apply to part-time performers such as Brock Lesnar.”
The assumption is, at this point, that Lesnar will face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 and that the Beast Incarnate will lose his title to The Big Dog. However, WM 34 is set to take place in New Orleans on April 8th, 2018. And with Brock still being on contract till August, that does give WWE creative some nice wiggle room.
Even if they can’t come to terms on a new deal with Lesnar, they still have four to five months between WrestleMania and the end of his contract to play with. So, if they feel things are getting to predictable—as far as the assumed outcome is concerned—they could always give Brock the win and just have Reigns become the champion on another show while Lesnar is still with the company.
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