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.