It looks like Brock Lesnar’s UFC heavyweight title shot against Daniel Cormier isn’t much of a guarantee. The UFC teased the match-up this past summer at UFC 226, as Lesnar confronted “DC” after winning the strap. Dana White announced the plan was to have Lesnar challenge Cormier in early 2019.
Before Lesnar can fight again, however, he will have to deliver six months worth of clean United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug tests. This is due to him testing positive for a banned substance in his last Octagon appearance. If the UFC wanted to make Cormier vs. Lesnar next year, everything is perfectly in place.
Cormier just retained his heavyweight title over Derrick Lewis this past weekend, Lesnar’s USADA testing is going well, and both Jon Jones and Cormier seem to be past their rivalry with one another. With that being said, Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting reports Lesnar’s new WWE deal could be an issue:
“Lesnar agreed secretly to the new deal, and won the pro wrestling championship again. The new deal is for multiple shows. But its length of time has been kept secretive. But it is known that Lesnar is scheduled as late as April of next year for WrestleMania.”
Lesnar signed the new WWE deal following Roman Reigns’ leukemia diagnosis. Reigns was forced to vacate the Universal Title after the diagnosis, which Lesnar won at Crown Jewel. Lesnar will be scheduled with WWE through April for WrestleMania. However, Cormier has said he plans on retiring from MMA before his 40th birthday in March.
“The Beast’s” new WWE deal isn’t exclusive, so should he choose to fight in the UFC, he is allowed to. Also, Lesnar has not signed a deal with the UFC as of this writing. The next few months will be very telling as to what Lesnar will do next.