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Brock Lesnar made a brave request in a backstage meeting with Vince McMahon last week

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On August 19, Brock Lesnar will defend his Universal Championship at SummerSlam. 

Before last week, The Beast hadn't been seen in a WWE ring since April but returned recently to build his storyline with Roman Reigns. 

A ROCKY RETURN

When appearing on RAW eight days ago, Lesnar played his "heel" role to perfection. 

He was moody, angry and aggressive, making it clear to his advocate, Paul Heyman, that he didn't want to be there - before laying a beatdown to GM Kurt Angle to close the show.

Although all his actions on TV are kayfabe - it looks like WWE may be losing Brock for real soon.

RETURN TO UFC

After an altercation with UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 226, it looks like Lesnar will be returning to MMA in the near future. 

He was watching DC's fight cageside last month, before being invited in by the victor, who challenged him to a bout inside the Octagon. 

Since then, the WWE star has re-entered the USADA testing pool and will serve out the remainder of his UFC suspension, before likely returning early in 2018.

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PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE

It's well-known that Lesnar fancies a return to MMA - he's made that well clear. And with his current WWE contract likely to end later this month, his future poses a problem to Vince McMahon. 

The Beast only has three appearances left in WWE - and he'll likely use them at the RAW before SummerSlam, the PPV itself and the RAW after it. 

From then on, it's unclear what his situation is. Will he drop the Universal title to Reigns in Brooklyn? Or will he retain and aim to become a two-sport champ? We're just not sure. 

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But, apparently, Brock himself knows exactly what he wants - because he had a meeting with Vince ahead of his appearance last Monday. 

BROCK'S DEMAND  

According to Joe Peisich of Barn Burner, in that meeting, Lesnar told McMahon that he's open to working with both WWE and UFC.  

"Brock Lesnar last week had a meeting with Vince and the higher-ups with WWE and he has told them that he wants to work with both," Peisich revealed. 

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"He wants to work with WWE and UFC. I don’t know how that’s going to happen, but if Brock does not lose the title at SummerSlam you could see him working for both WWE and UFC.

"Like I said, I don’t know how that works but he wants to work for both."

Obviously, we already knew that Brock was open to working with both companies. But to say that directly to Vince's face takes guts - so it will be pretty interesting to see what comes next.  

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