WWE issues statement clarifying Brock Lesnar's UFC return

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While there was plenty of action inside the UFC 199 octagon on Saturday night to grab people's attention - see Michael Bisping's win over Luke Rockhold - the UFC pay-per-view has made as many headlines for what was announced in Inglewood as it has for the matches that took place.

Not only did the UFC surprise fans by confirming a Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz rematch would take place at UFC 202 in August, but the organisation also dropped the bombshell that Brock Lesnar would be returning from the WWE for a match at UFC 200.

Amidst speculation and debate about what it means for The Beast Incarnate's future in the WWE, the wrestling promotion has now moved to clarify the situation with an official statement:


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“Brock Lesnar remains under contract to WWE, however, he has been granted a one-off opportunity to compete at UFC 200," the statement on WWE.com reads.

"Following this milestone event on July 9, Brock will return to WWE for SummerSlam on Sunday, August 21, live on WWE Network.”

The WWE's statement stops in its tracks any speculation about Lesnar committing to the UFC long-term and will be a welcome relief for WWE fans hoping to see the veteran in the squared circle for some time yet.

Nevertheless, with just over one month between Lesnar's return to the octagon and his supposed involvement at SummerSlam, the WWE hierarchy will be crossing their fingers that the 38-year-old doesn't pick up any significant injuries at UFC 200.

The UFC and WWE have had something of a fractured relationship in the past, but it appears that they have been able to come to an agreement in this instance, and it is one that looks set to benefit fans of both organisations.

Although no opponent for Lesnar has been officially confirmed for next month's UFC pay-per-view, with the event marking the two-time UFC Heavyweight champion's first bout since leaving the company in 2011 amidst health concerns, it is sure to be a huge draw.

Meanwhile, so long as nothing untoward happens in the octagon on July 9, the WWE Universe will still be able to enjoy The Beast's work at SummerSlam, perhaps even with his unbeatable aura intensified after a standout UFC performance.

However things pan out, one thing is for sure; Brock Lesnar is going to be making headlines this summer.


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