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Brock Lesnar retains WWE Universal title at SummerSlam, UFC return remains unlikely until mid-2018

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Brock Lesnar at UFC 200
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Brock Lesnar may end up returning to the Octagon to fight Jon Jones someday, but for now he’s still taking care of business in the squared circle.

Defending his WWE Universal Championship in the main event of SummerSlam on Sunday in Brooklyn, Lesnar overcame the odds by walking out with the title despite being booked in a Fatal 4-Way match with WWE poster boy Roman Reigns, fearsome veteran Samoa Joe, and the mammoth Braun Strowman.

Lesnar’s role in the match saw him get off to his usual hot start, taking his opponents to “Suplex City” before he was shut down by Strowman. The former Strongman competitor powerslammed Lesnar through not one, but two announce tables, before lifting up a third and throwing it on top of the champion.

Paramedics then entered the scene to take Lesnar to the back, leaving the three challengers to battle it out amongst one another. In typical pro-wrestling fashion, Lesnar later made a “miraculous” return to the match and eventually connected with his “F-5” finishing maneuver to pin Reigns and retain the Universal title.

Perhaps fueled by the rumors that Lesnar was planning to resume his UFC career and battle Jones, the storyline for the main event also involved Lesnar’s on-screen advocate Paul Heyman announcing that he and his “client” would leave the WWE in the event Lesnar lost at SummerSlam.

Regardless of the result, it’s unlikely that it will have any effect on Lesnar’s potential MMA plans. Lesnar still has more than six months remaining on his suspension following two failed USADA drug tests in July 2016 in relation to his fight with Mark Hunt at UFC 200. The suspension was frozen when Lesnar subsequently announced his retirement the following February.

Lesnar has yet to re-enter the USADA testing pool per the UFC and even after he does so it is unlikely that he would be eligible to fight Jones (or anyone else) until summer 2018, taking into account both his suspension and WWE obligations.

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