Brock Lesnar has officially called time on his MMA career as he announces he’s going to re-sign for the WWE promotion.
UFC president Dana White has been hinting for some time that there was a chance the superstar was on the verge of coming back to the Octagon, but it’s turned out not to be with Lesnar going on ESPN SportsCenter yesterday to confirm he’d decided to stick with pro-wrestling instead.
“I’m here to say my legacy in the octagon is over,” Lesnar stated. “However, my legacy this Sunday at WrestleMania will not be my last. It will not be my last. I’m hanging up all thought – I want it to be out of my mouth and I want people to hear me. It was a hard decision to make. It took me a year. I thought about this for a year.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about me wanting to have fun. The money is great, but the lifestyle, for me to get back in the octagon … the last two, two and a half months I’ve been training. I’ve been training to get back in the octagon and felt physically great, but something lacked mentally. And that’s not good.”
Dana White reacted to the news later, telling At The Buzzer that, “I’m happy for him. He was always a stand up guy. Even this, I knew this three hours ago. He called us and let us know. First of all, from what I heard, Vince made him a deal he couldn’t refuse, which is awesome. I’m happy to hear that. I’m happy for both of them.
“This is a sport where you have to be all-in. Brock had a really good stint here. He did some amazing things and it was fun to have him.”
Watch Lesnar’s interview in full below as he talks in more depth about how he came to the decision to turn his back on a return to the UFC.