It appears the speculation as to whether or not Brock Lesnar is leaving WWE for UFC has been cleared up. While no date has been made official, Dana White appeared on a Fox Sports broadcast and confirmed with the hosts that Lesnar is indeed coming back to UFC.
During a UFC Tonight segment on Wednesday, host Daniel Cormier asked White what the status was on Lesnar and if the former UFC heavyweight champion was coming back. Cormier simply asked, "Is Brock Lesnar coming back to UFC?" White paused, chuckled and responded, "Ya, Brock Lesnar's coming back. I don't know when but yes he is."
Dana White dropping news that Brock Lesnar is coming back to the octagon. pic.twitter.com/FUGHO21i8O— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) April 5, 2018
That was a fairly emphatic confirmation from the head of UFC that a deal seems to be in place and it's just a matter of timing. That timing could be due to the fact that Lesnar needs to complete the remaining time suspension after failing a pair of drug tests that were administered and discovered as positive of taking banned substances after his UFC 200 fight with Mark Hunt in 2016.
For those that think White might just be acting as a promoter and drumming up interest, other reports have surfaced that White isn't the only one who knows of this news. MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani noted, “According to multiple sources, this isn’t promoter talk from White. UFC is confident Lesnar will be back after his WWE duties are wrapped up on Sunday. A deal is in place. Key now is to finalize it.”
According to multiple sources, this isn’t promoter talk from White. UFC is confident Lesnar will be back after his WWE duties are wrapped up on Sunday. A deal is in place. Key now is to finalize it. https://t.co/ttaxduf15J— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 5, 2018
This changes everything fans might have seen coming for WrestleMania 34. With Lesnar almost entirely confirmed as gone from WWE, it has to be considered as good as done that he leaves WrestleMania 34 without the Universal Title and Roman Reigns becomes the new champion. The question is, will WWE put this match on last as the main event? Or, will the move it down the card to ensure removing as much buzz from Lesnar as possible?
Paul Heyman had already suggested Sunday would be Lesnar's last match with WWE. It looks like he was right.