Dana White: ‘I Think Brock’s Done’

January 11, 2012
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When Brock Lesnar fell to the canvas in his fight with Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, he said afterwards it was the last fall he’d ever take in the UFC Octagon.

Following the loss to Overeem, the former UFC heavyweight champion called it a career and said his days as a MMA fighter were over.

A competitor for most of his life going as far as trying out for an NFL team at one point, Lesnar has always been an athlete, so many people wondered if the former champion would one day decide to give MMA another try once he’s healed up and had a chance to reflect.

UFC President Dana White doesn’t believe he will.

“I think Brock’s done,” White told The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday. “The conversations I’ve had with Brock Lesnar since that fight, all indications point to it’s over.”

Lesnar made it for 8 fights in his MMA career, but after two serious bouts with diverticulitis that not only almost ended his career, but almost ended his life, he had decided prior to his last fight with Overeem that a loss would mean his MMA career was done.

According to White in his talks with Lesnar, the Minnesota fighter was 100-percent healthy and ready to go when he stepped in the cage for UFC 141. When the fight didn’t go his way, he knew it was time to stop fighting.

“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 did make an incredible run in his short UFC career. Coming to the promotion with only one fight he went on to claim and defend the UFC heavyweight title, before suffering a loss to Cain Velasquez where he relinquished the belt.

He closed his career at UFC 141 with a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem, but his time spent in MMA won’t soon be forgotten.

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  • MikeMc1983

    Hmm, I wonder if we’ll see some copy and pasted comments here…

  • tsszaltax

    Damon, Ive supported your articles when they’ve gotten slammed and bashed and I have begun to start looking for your name on articles because I like your writing style but please….for all that is unholy…..enough with the Brock Lesnar articles. I beg you, let him drift away into nothingness. I understand he’s a comment cash cow and traffic on your articles be it good or bad is a wonderful thing for you, but Im begging here, enough is enough.

    • Mario

      THANK YOU!

      Well said..

  • I’m sorry LOL This one was just Dana stating that he’s done. Unless I get an interview with him, I doubt there will be more coming.

    • MikeMc1983

      Don’t worry Damon. When I see an article with a headline on a topic in which I don’t care about I do something crazy. I don’t read it. I know that’s an insane notion nowadays, but maybe that idea will make a comeback.

    • Lesnardo

      And no more article on Clay Guida and how he thinks he is improving everyday and will aim for title contention again.

      • TKD

        Hahahaha, Lesnardo. Well said!

  • fitefan

    Well, I’m glad Dana came out and stated the Brock was not only 100% but was the best he had ever been before. So I don’t have to hear any nonsense about how ‘he was never the same’ after his Diverticulitis.

    And Kudos to Dana for going to the plate for this guy again, claiming that Brock said ” that guy is just that much better than me and it’s time for me to retire’.”
    Brock could have been a man and said it himself instead of hiding behind Dana, but I’ve exhausted my distaste for Lesner aplenty on these boards.

    • MikeMc1983

      Too funny Brock explaining himself to his boss is hiding. But Dana gets the credit for repeating his words. It must have been all those press conferences Brock asked for claiming he was the baddest man alive. Oh wait, Brock didn’t like doing those ones either.

      Some people just have a distaste for people, and wouldn’t credit them with anything. Even when they say what they want them to.

      • fitefan

        A dollar short and a day late.

        He should have said it right there in the Octagon when Rogan gave him the mic. Or at the very least went to the press conference and did it there.
        Cerrone did.

        As it stands now, it’s questionable he even uttered the words. Hence, the ‘kudos’ to Dana for being his PR man, hopefully one last time, for a guy that quit under contract and had no intention of defending the title if in fact he did win the next two bouts.

        I’ve got a distaste for him. I make no qualms about it. But there is no credit in this for him to earn.

        I never said or implied he demanded press conferences specifically to proclaim he was the baddest man alive. He made those boasts himself when opportunity arose.

        I think Brock’s seclusion was part of his downfall, he extended it from his personal life (which is fine) to his training. (which failed him)

        It’s a real ‘lord’s name in vain’ pity. Because he very truly could have been the baddest badazz mthrfkr to walk the planet with the right training.

  • ‘”that guy is just that much better than me and it’s time for me to retire’.”

    That’s why you are supposed to train more and learn different styles and techniques…

  • TKD

    Damon Martin,

    Please, if you have any decency in you, go follow the WWE. It’s because of people like you that we will have to hear about this guy forever. He had no real MMA skills, and he was out of his league. Let him ride off into the sunset, and let us move on with the real MMA fighters that have earned the right to be written about.

  • BlackDog2009

    Newsflash Brock…of course Reem is better than you. MMA is Reem’s bread and butter, he’s been at it for years, he’s had ups and downs, he’s gotten beaten up before… but he got up and used that to get better. It’s what you would have done if you were truly an MMA fighter.

    And of course we won’t soon forget Lesnar, not with one article about him coming out every week.

    I do appreciate them though, in the sense that everytime a writer writes about Lesnar, I make sure to rub in their face what a farce that guy was and how all of them bought his own hype. “Baddest man on the planet” … hahahahaha.

    • TKD

      Easy, BlackDog. You are going to aggravate the Brock fans. They can be pretty vicious on here.

      By the way, your comment about him being the “Baddest man on the planet” is very funny, and very true!!

  • Hey does anyone know how Brock is doing??? I havent seen an article on him in 2 days kinda got worried not…. He was overrated in my opinion made a lot of money for a 4-3 record. I just hope he is gone for good….