Monday, August 31, 2020

Mike Johnson for PWInsider reports that WWE star and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is a free agent, after his current WWE contract expired, and the two sides were unable to come to terms. The talks were described as paused, rather than scuttled. The situation has happened in the past, with a contract eventually being agreed to.

Lesnar can, if he chooses to, field offers from other pro wrestling organization like AEW, or from mixed martial arts organization. In the latter category, there may be multiple offers.

Bellator CEO Scott Coker expressed potential interest in making a fight with Fedor Emelianenko, as part of The Last Emperor's Retirement Tour.

Jon Jones, who has given up his UFC light heavyweight title in order to move up to heavyweight, but remains signed with the league, also wants in.

The WWE has pulled all Lesnar merchandise off their website.

In 2019, Lesnar considered re-signing with the UFC to fight then champion Daniel Cormier, but it was believed that the talk was primarily for leverage in WWE negotiations, which ultimately were successful. In Lesnar's last WWE appearance, at Wrestlemania 36, he lost the Championship to Drew McIntyre in March and it aired in April. In Lesnar's last UFC events, he lost the title to Cain Velasquez, who has since gone on to pro wrestling, then got kicked in the cancer by Alistair Overeem, then beat Mark Hunt, but saw the bout outcome change to No Contest after testing positive for the estrogen blocker clomiphene.

In 2016, Lesnar spoke with the AP about his failed anti-doping test, and vowed, “we will get to the bottom of this.” He's now 43, and still presumably trying to figure out what happened.