Brock Lesnar Slams Door on UFC Return

March 24, 2015
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Brock Lesnar has officially ruled out a return to fighting in the Octagon.

The former UFC heavyweight champion appeared on SportsCenter on Tuesday and announced that he will not pursue a rumored return to mixed martial arts.

Instead, Lesnar revealed that he signed a new contract with the WWE, and will continue his career as a professional wrester and the promotion’s heavyweight champion.

“My legacy in the Octagon is over,” Lesnar said. “It was a hard decision to make. It took me a year. At the end of the day, it’s all about me wanting to have fun … For the last two months, I’ve been training to get back in the Octagon and felt physically great, but something lacked mentally. And that’s not good.

“I’m officially closing the door on MMA.”

Brock Lesnar 090K1Dyna060-750Lesnar said he engaged in talks with UFC President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, but ultimately chose to re-sign with the WWE last night. Lesnar revealed that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon gave him an offer that he couldn’t refuse. Details of the offer were not revealed.

Lesnar was spotted at UFC 184 in Los Angeles in February, which added to the existing rumors that the one-time UFC champ would make his return to fighting for the Las Vegas-based promotion. He said the appearance wasn’t a marketing ploy or meant to provide leverage in contract negotiations, rather to experience the energy of being at a UFC show.

Despite feeling that energy at last month’s UFC card, Lesnar said he was happy with where he’s at.

“At the end of the day, I’m really happy with the WWE,” he said.

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Lesnar questioned what he would gain from returning to the UFC, explaining that he already won the organization’s heavyweight title. He added that he “didn’t want to be that guy who retired and came back.”

Lesnar last competed in the UFC in December of 2011, a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem. His previous bout to that was a loss to current UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, a match that saw Lesnar lose the title.

Now that his MMA return is ruled out, Lesnar will continue his time as the WWE heavyweight champion. He’ll defend the title this Sunday against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31.

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  • Chloe ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    His legacy??? He needs to have done something to have a legacy. He hasn’t been missed and won’t be missed in the future. So overrated.

    • TheCerealKiller

      He won the UFC belt and defended it twice.
      No HW champ has defended the belt more than twice without losing it.

      Big Ten Conference
      Big Ten Conference Champion (1999, 2000)

      National Collegiate Athletic Association
      NCAA Division I Champion (2000)
      NCAA Division I Runner-up (1999)

      National Junior College Athletic Association
      NJCAA All-American (1997, 1998)
      NJCAA National Champion (1998)

      North Dakota State University’s annual Bison tournament
      Heavyweight Champion (1997–1999)

      Add a very successful entertainer and I’d say he has quite a legacy.

      • System

        Winner: TCK

      • Gary Fredericks

        Many people here just don’t get it Cereal. It’s impossible to talk sense into the senseless but that was a very good try. Good post.

        • TheCerealKiller

          Thanks bro!

      • The Milkman

        Took the words out of my mouth. Hate him or love him. He held the strap in the worlds biggest Mma organization. That’s means he was top f’n dog. He never fought fedor (blah blah blah) he was champ and no one can say he wasn’t.

      • Timothy Malone

        I’ve seen you knock Nick Diaz for not having quality wins (and
        deservedly so) so what about 45 year old Couture, Mir, and a completely
        gassed Shane Carwin impresses you? He immediately lost in first round
        against top 10 fighters Velasquez and Overeem.

        • TheCerealKiller

          HW has never been a good division, hence no one defending the belt more than twice. I really can’t put any HW in UFC history on any pedestal. Take it however, but Brock has matched any HW champ in the UFC. Randy was all the talk to fight Fedor at that same time, because he was the best HW around. Mir is still ranked on the top ten of HW’s in the world. Carwin, I have no pity for someone who can’t train for more than 1 round.

          Nick Diaz, gifted two title shots and failed at both. He’ll be lucky if he isn’t banned for life after the third strike.

        • deepgrim

          ah now couture was still fighting well when lesnar beat him, as was mir. and no one had got out of round one with carwin at that stage he was a beast and yes he punched himself out. Are you trying to say that mir couture and carwin werent top 10 fighters at the time- is this a joke? yes he lost to top 10 in velasquez and overeem- many think cain will become the greatest heavyweight of all time, while overeem was well juiced up before the fight with lesnar while lesnar had his insides in bits

          • Timothy Malone

            Couture had literally not fought for a year before he fought Lesnar. His previous wins were Sylvia and Gonzaga. After Lesnar he lost to Big Nog and never had an impressive win again in his career. Don’t exactly think he was at his best.

            We all know how the Carwin fight went, he beat Lesnar up badly and gassed completely. He only fought one more fight after that and retired.

            And we all know how inconsistent Mir has been in recent years. He beat Lesnar, he lost to Lesnar. Story of his life.

            I just don’t really think Lesnar’s 4-3 Octagon record merits him much praise.

          • deepgrim

            i think you have to judge coulture on how he was fighting before he fought lesnar and it was good. cain has been out for over a year but you still judge him on how he fought in his last fight. so what if carwin only had another fight after lesnar, the dude was a tough as nails as you would see in the jds fight, but lesnar was still able to finish him. yeah mir has been inconsistent after but he is getting older and refuses to take fights outside of the top 10. Lesnar but probably the biggest beat down on mir he ever had. the 4-3 record on paper isnt that impressive but then he didnt fight all the cans to build up a good looking record on paper. randy coulture statistics on paper dont look that impressive but we both know that doesnt tell the full story

      • Seth

        Well…I guess we can say you just owned him. Awesome response,bro 🙂

      • KJK

        That, my fine sir, would best be described as hitting the nail on the head!

    • Garry

      He became ufc heavyweight champion while starting an Mma career in his thirties in the modern Mma era. Not
      Bad for a beginner. I’d say that alone is legacy status. Let me know the next time a thirty something year old says “Hey you know what, I’ll try Mma and be world champion in the ufc.” Sounds easy enough

    • KJK

      Dude…you should know your facts before posting such dribble!

  • Joe Dog

    Getting hit in the face and kicked in the liver really hurts.

    • Guest

      Not according to Big Country.

  • mokseng

    Good for him if he feels he wouldn’t be able to make a serious run if he returns. No point taking all that potential damage at his age. Wise decision.

    • MikeMcK

      Brock making the decision to not return to mma doesn’t mean that he believes that had he returned, he wouldn’t have done well. He may simply not believe that he’d enjoy it as much.

      I see where people are going with it though.

      • mokseng

        I believe the mental thing he was talking about is with regards to winning fights, not enjoying them. You don’t enjoy when you lose.

  • Guest

    At the end of the day, liver kicks hurt really bad

    • Guest

      Roy Nelson eats them and shakes them off as evidenced.

  • DamianCross

    Good. NOW SHUT UP.

  • Google

    Smart decision. If he were a little younger maybe…He accomplished a lot in a short time though, and only lost to the top guys at the time. If you’re not fighting to be the champ at that age(37), I don’t think it’s worth it.

  • MikeMcK

    Brock Lesnar overrated? Well I guess that depends on where you think people have him rated.
    I have Brock rated as one of those most impressive athletes the world has seen. Not because of him being a great wrestler, football player, or fighter. His records are whatever they are in those categories. He is however one of the best combinations of size, speed, and agility that sports has seen. For Lesnar to get to get as far as he did in his NFL tryouts before his championship stint in the UFC without much football experience is a great example of that. Even though he has failed in the execution before, the fact that Brock has done a shooting star press in the wwe is insane. (For people who don’t know what that is Google “Brock Lesnar shooting star press.” Most likely you’ll see his famous miss while doing that move and damn near putting himself in wheelchair) don’t worry, you don’t have to watch a pro wrestling match.

  • taylor2008

    Because he has no chance agaisnt the top guys now. Overeem made a fool of him. Great athlete but no chance at the belt anymore and he knows it.

    • Overeem was juiced.
      Lesnar was sick.

      Very outcome-changing factors right there. You can never know if Brock would have chances.

      • KJK

        You’re right. Simple fact is Brock doesn’t need the UFC as badly as the UFC needs Brock.

  • Sir_Roy

    Pretty savvy of Brock if you ask me. He was obviously playing the two organizations against one another. Get the rumor mill going that he wast thinking about returning to MMA = more lucrative WWE contract offer. Which is all he really wanted all along. Well played.