In just over one month Brock Lesnar will enter the UFC octagon for the first time in five years to fight Mark Hunt at the UFC 200 pay-per-view.
Six weeks on from that night in Las Vegas, Nevada, 'The Beast Incarnate' is scheduled to return to the WWE's squared circle for SummerSlam 2016 at the Brooklyn Center, New York City.
That appearance at what is arguably the second biggest show on the WWE calendar isn't quite as nailed on as Lesnar and the organisation has had us believe over the past few days, however. At least, that is according to Laz Benitez of the New York State Athletic Commission.
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Speaking in an official statement sent to FightNetwork.com, Benitez made it clear that, because of the risks that lie ahead for Lesnar at UFC 200, his participation at SummerSlam is by no means certain at this stage:
"Potential participation by Mr. Lesnar in an August WWE event would depend on his medical fitness and physical condition at the time of the professional wrestling show," said Benitez.
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"No person is allowed to participate in a professional wrestling exhibition in New York State until he or she is cleared as medically fit to do so by a New York State licensed physician."
By the sounds of it, while the majority of the fighting world will be watching Lesnar's comeback bout next month with great intrigue, the WWE hierarchy is going to be viewing the fight with their collective fingers crossed.
Medical suspensions as a result of a UFC fight are anything but uncommon in the Mixed Martial Arts organisation, so the chances of Lesnar escaping the octagon without long-lasting physical injuries are perhaps slimmer than a lot of WWE fans may think.
Ronda Rousey, for instance, was handed a medical suspension of up to 180 days after her defeat at UFC 193 back in 2015.
Now, while the protocol to participate in a "professional wrestling show" may not be as tough as the one to fight in the UFC, the mere fact Lesnar is going up against a man known as one of the most powerful punchers in the UFC means the WWE Universe shouldn't pin all their hopes on seeing The Beast at SummerSlam just yet.
The WWE have been credited to this point for allowing Lesnar to follow his dream of a UFC return. If he was to suffer injuries that ruled him out of their August pay-per-view, however, that praise would soon turn to criticism within the WWE Universe.
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