Brock Lesnar is no longer the WWE Universal champion.
Lesnar lost the belt to Roman Reigns in the main event of WWE’s big Summerslam event from the Barclays Center in New York City, in what many believe is a precursor to his move from pro wrestling back into Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Those hoping for a more mixed martial arts (MMA)-centric plotline — an appearance from expected opponent and two-division UFC champ Daniel Cormier, perhaps - were disappointed to instead see only Braun Strowman appearing ringside in an attempt to cash in his ‘Money in the Bank’ insta-title shot briefcase. Instead, the only thing he got was an ass whupping from Lesnar, who beat Strowman mercilessly with a chair before tossing the briefcase across the arena.
Brock Lesnar launched the money in the bank briefcase and broke the LED stage pic.twitter.com/SxMImg0f1u— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) August 20, 2018
That was enough of a distraction to allow Reigns to catch Lesnar with a spear, pinning him in what was a surprisingly quick main event for a big Summerslam. But as far as MMA fans are concerned, Lesnar has now lost his belt which seemed like an important requirement before he could return to the UFC.
Brock Lesnar should be disqualified for knocking himself out with the chair pic.twitter.com/ouAme3lUpI— PRBM (@punkrockbgmouth) August 20, 2018
As mentioned, Lesnar is expected to fight Daniel Cormier sometime in early 2019 once he is no longer under suspension from USADA, the drug testing agency that nailed him for clomiphene back in 2016. But according to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Lesnar hasn’t signed a bout agreement and is only bound to the UFC insofar as he can’t fight MMA for any other promotion.
Brock has no contract with UFC right now. If he did, he couldn't be playing one against the other right now which is exactly what he's doing. He's signing short-term deals for a reason. https://t.co/GBnzj6alz8— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) August 20, 2018
He does have a deal where he can't fight for Bellator because he didn't fulfill all the fights on his last UFC contract, but has nothing where he has to work for UFC or under a deal. https://t.co/GBnzj6alz8— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) August 20, 2018
That leaves the door open for Lesnar once again using the UFC to pry another big contract out of Vince McMahon and the WWE. But Lesnar’s jaunts back and forth from the UFC are big money and big visibility, a win win win for the UFC, Lesnar, and WWE. So unless another strange pro wrestling plot twist occurs, we can all look forward to seeing Lesnar challenge Cormier for the UFC heavyweight belt in early 2019.