Lesnar losing the title is a good sign for those hoping he’ll fight Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight strap in August.
WrestleMania 35 kicked things off big, forgoing a number of smaller matches to throw us right into things with the Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins match for Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship title.
According to Lesnar’s ‘manager’ Paul Heyman, if Brock couldn’t be main event he’d rather open the show and get things over with and go to Las Vegas where he is “ultimately appreciated.”
In the end the only one who got over was Rollins, who pinned Lesnar to take the title.
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Now here’s the part you MMA fans care about: Lesnar dropping the title is good news for the UFC, who is looking to book Brock against current UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 241 in August. Lesnar has already been on a reduced schedule with the WWE for a while, but if he’s going to face “DC” in the UFC he’s going to have to devote the summer months to a training camp to prepare. This loss of the title sets that up.
Lesnar was supposed to fight Cormier earlier — the two even engaged in a shoving match at UFC 226 in July of 2018 when Cormier won the heavyweight title off Stipe Miocic. But the WWE threw a ton of money at Lesnar after their top big man Roman Reigns had to take time off to treat his leukemia. Reigns is competing tonight at WrestleMania … just another sign that Lesnar is free and clear to return to the Octagon to challenge for the title.