Brock Lesnar is “never” coming back to the UFC, apparently.
That’s the word from UFC president Dana White, who says that the former heavyweight champion told him he will continue with professional wrestling but has no interest in returning to the real fight game.
“He's done. He called me a couple days ago. He's never coming back. He just said he can wrestle, but he can't fight. He was contemplating coming back [but he’s not]. Neither is Fedor. They're both retired,” White said on the Dave & Mahoney Radio Show.
The internet has been aflame with rumours regarding a possible Lesnar return recently, sparked by his appearance cage side at UFC 146. An ongoing dialogue between White and Lesnar was also known to be going on although White said a meeting some months ago “did not go well.”
Lesnar’s exit from the UFC came after a long absence while he struggled with the intestinal ailment diverticulitis. He suffered back to back losses to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem, the latter in particular being a hard finish via knees to the midsection.
His overall record on retiring from MMA was 5-3, with all but one of those fights in the UFC. An uninspiring record at first glance, there has nevertheless been talk of inducting him into the UFC Hall of Fame because he fought for the title in his third UFC fight, won it and defended it twice before losing it to Velasquez.
Some pundits feel that is a remarkable enough achievement to justify his inclusion in the Hall of Fame, not to mention being the catalyst for the first UFC PPV to top one million sales, but there is fierce debate about this and it is opposed as much as it is supported.