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Midnight Mania! Brock Lesnar pulled from WWE event because he’s back in training for Daniel Cormier

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It’s not a secret Brock Lesnar is planning on making his UFC return, but there are always questions with the big man, navigating as he does between the parallel universes of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. Evidently, with his contract up and no relevant storylines for him, Lesnar has stopped appearing in the WWE and is focusing full-time on preparing for UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

That’s what Dave Meltzer said, anyway, in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via

As far as Lesnar, his WWE contract expires in a few days. He was written out of storylines when Kurt Angle refused to give him his rematch. He was pulled by WWE off the Raw show this past week because nobody could come up with an idea for him that made sense. If he was staying, he could destroy everyone, but they weren’t going to have Strowman beat him since he had no matches left, and he had no matches to build up. He could go crazy and get suspended or fired, but that doesn’t do WWE any good to put more focus on him when he’s got no date to return. He is back training for fighting. He has dropped weight. He is going in with the idea of facing Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title in early 2019.

The fight makes very little divisional sense, with Curtis Blaydes a proven contender on a 6-fight unbeaten streak, and former champion Stipe Miocic adamant on getting a rematch with Cormier. Lesnar hasn’t officially won an MMA fight since 2010, his last bout with Mark Hunt overturned after he tested positive for anabolic steroids. Nonetheless, it is the fight the UFC are eager to make, as Lesnar always brings a bank-breaking audience willing to shell out the Pay-Per-View (PPV) dollars by the truckload.


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