Brock Lesnar has reportedly signed a new deal with the WWE – but has a clause that allows him to fight in the UFC.
Lesnar reclaimed the Universal title in Saudi Arabia last Friday with a destructive beating of Braun Strowman.
And according to MMA Fighting, the heavyweight signed a new deal with the promotion following Roman Reigns’ revelation that he is battling leukaemia.
Lesnar had been expected to return to the UFC for the first time since summer 2017 and was lining up a fight against current heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
Cormier defended his title against Derrick Lewis last weekend and hoped to face Lesnar next March before retiring from the sport.
But Lesnar’s new multi-fight deal could complicate negotiations, even though his contract is believed to include a clause that allows him to fight in the Octagon.
Lesnar is scheduled to appear at WrestleMania next April which could leave Cormier sidelined with UFC 235 in Las Vegas on March 2 thought to be the most obvious date for him to fight Lesnar.
The UFC champion – who wants to retire before his 40th birthday in March – could instead fight Jon Jones for a third time.
Jones will return to the sport on December 29 after an 18-month drugs ban when he takes on Alexander Gustafsson for the light-heavyweight title.
He has twice fought and beaten Cormier although the second victory was changed to a no contest after his failed test.
And the rivals could meet in either the light-heavyweight or heavyweight division.
Cormier said after his latest win: "Brock Lesnar, when you come, bring that brand new WWE title because I feel like being a WWE champion too. Let’s go, let’s go Brock. Bring that belt with you if you come to my house."
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