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Brock Lesnar inks new WWE contract with option for UFC return in 2018

UFC 200: Tate v Nunes Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, will reportedly make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) later this year, despite Monday night’s announcement that “The Beast Incarnate” landed a new contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Those are the kinds of spoils afforded to athletes who return beaucoup bucks at the box office, and Lesnar has proven to be a legitimate draw for both WWE and UFC. After retaining his pro wrestling title at last weekend’s WrestleMania event in New Orleans, he’ll move on to defend it against Roman Reigns at the Greatest Royal Rumble later this month.

As for his Octagon return, that will take some time. Lesnar is required to pass six months of pre-fight drug testing under United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) before he’s eligible to return, and considering he burned them at UFC 200, don’t expect any exemptions this time around.

Lesnar (5-3, 1 NC) hasn’t competed since July 2016, when his unanimous decision win over Mark Hunt was overturned to a “No Contest” after his drug test returned positive for creamy feet. Fortunately, there will be no shortage of opponents willing to welcome his return.

But we know this guy won’t be one of them.

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