Dana White ‘Happy’ For Brock Lesnar and His Return to WWE

April 3, 2012
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Brock Lesnar at UFC 116
Brock Lesnar’s return to the WWE may not have been a shock to many MMA fans knowing his history with the sports entertainment company, but it was still somewhat of a surprise given the timing, just over three months after his exit from the UFC.

Lesnar lost in his last ever MMA match, being finished by Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in December, and afterwards the former UFC champion promptly announced his retirement from the sport.

At the time when the question was brought up to UFC President Dana White, he seemed to shy away from saying whether or not Lesnar would get his blessing to return to pro wrestling.

“I mean, when he retires, he retires under contract,” White said after UFC 141. “I’ve had my moments with Brock Lesnar, but I’ve had a great relationship with him. We’ll figure it out, no big deal. Never had a situation with a guy where we haven’t done the right thing.”

It looks like the right thing was to allow Lesnar to pursue his athletic career by going back to the WWE in come capacity.

On Tuesday, the UFC’s head honcho responded to Lesnar’s WWE return via Twitter and obviously he was adamant in his feelings about the former champion heading back to Vince McMahon’s company.

“Crowd went nuts,” White said about the Miami fans when Lesnar appeared at the show. “I’m happy for him.”

Following Lesnar’s last fight in the UFC and his announcement about retirement, White said that he believed the former Minnesota wrestler was done with MMA for good.

“This isn’t baseball man, half in, half out, you can go out and party the night before and then play a game. These guys have to be 100-percent into this mentally, physically, emotionally,” White stated.

“Here’s what Brock said to me, he said ‘I’ll tell you what after my surgery from diverticulitis, this last surgery I had, I have never felt so good in my life’. He said ‘I’ve had the best camp I’ve ever had, no injuries, I was in great shape, all the things that could go right, went right, that guy is just that much better than me and it’s time for me to retire’.”

Lesnar’s health appears to still be in tact and that has to be seen as the best news of all regarding his return to action in the WWE.

Obviously, White seems legitimately happy for the former champion as he embarks on his return to pro wrestling.


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  • shereko

    “Here’s what Brock said to me, he said ‘I’ll tell you what after my surgery from diverticulitis, this last surgery I had, I have never felt so good in my life’. He said ‘I’ve had the best camp I’ve ever had, no injuries, I was in great shape, all the things that could go right, went right, that guy is just that much better than me and it’s time for me to retire’.”……..

    I think Lesnar said it right there, even though he went to WWE I think he has a better grasp than a lot of fighters that hang on to long, why should he stick around and fight Roy Nelson, or Struve or Mir again, if he knows that he can’t be Overeem and be the best then don’t do it. Maybe others should have that perception… Yes he’s moving to WWE, does that mean if he can’t be the best in UFC he can’t make money elsewhere?

    • Lesnardo

      But Brock is in a different boat than other fighters.

      For most fighters, they have to keep fighting because they have to put the food on the table.

      But with Brock there is no real reason for him to stick around as a Kenny Florian or Forrest Griffins of MMA.

      He only wants to fight big fights and the only fights that makes sense for him right now are JDS/Cain/Overeem, and two of those three guys destroyed him.

      So if you already have enough money to live comfortably, you don’t really need to go out there and take punishment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001829283085 justinernst

    Ha! He said “Never had a situation with a guy where we haven’t done the right thing.”

    That’s rich. Bravo Dana. Bravo.

  • kevstinx

    Well they did fire guys based on the refusal to sign their life, rights away for video games.
    Just 1 example.

    Dana is like some postal office worker who should be behind the scenes, he has a disgusting fowl mouth. Loads of swearing and F words in his interviews, this is the guy representing the sport? Wow, what a cow boy.

    • Lesnardo

      You are just a hater. The following are reasons why you are wrong and Dana is right:

      1) Even though UFC fighters do not get paid from video games, they do get to keep 100% of money from endorsements such as condom depot and other well-established brands like condom depot.

      2) UFC is a business. YOu can’t blame them for trying to maximize profit. Dana is a good promoter. He only tells the truth.

      3) Without Dana White there would be no UFC and thus no MMA. We have to thank Dana White.

      4) You are just jealous that Dana makes more money than you. ALso, you wouldn’t say that in front of Dana’s face. You are a keyboard warrior and therefore your opinions don’t matter.

      5) Once the UFC becomes truly mainstream like NBA or NFL, Dana will pay its fighters.

      6) Fighters get shit load of money from the UFC. The UFC has made more millionaire athletes than any other combat sport.

      7) Fighters shouldn’t care about money. If they are true fightes, they should be happy just to be in the UFC. It is a huge honor.

      8) Why should the fighters get a dime on the video game when it was Dana and company that spent millions of dollars making the game.

      9) all of the reasons 1~8 are bullshit. I am just being facetious. Dana is a crook that leaches off of fighters.

      • shereko

        HAHAHAHAHAHA thats awesome! Plus you took the time to do that, thats great!