Brock Lesnar Retires Following Loss

December 31, 2011

Following Brock Lesnar’s UFC 141 loss to Alistair Overeem Friday night, the former champion has decided to retire from the MMA. He made the announcement immediately after his fight with Overeem, where he lasted only 146 seconds in the octagon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Brock Lesnar

Lesnar said:

“I’ve had a couple difficult years with my disease,” Lesnar said. “And I’m going to officially say tonight is the last time you’ll see me in the Octagon. Brock Lesnar is officially retired. I promised my wife and my kids if I won this fight, I would get a title shot and that would be my last fight. But if I lost tonight …”

He certainly wasn’t the same fighter last night that he was in his heyday and surely dealing with diverticulitis has taken a major toll on his body.

The news of Lesnar’s retirement is undoubtedly giving UFC President Dana White a major headache. Brock was a huge draw for the UFC, by far their most popular mixed martial arts fighter. White said at a news conference following the fight, “When a guy decides he wants to retire, you let him do it. This is not, ‘Go hit a ball with a stick for the next two or three years on your way out.’ This is the real deal, guys. … We’ll figure it out.”

Now that the 34-year-old has announced his retirement from the MMA, does this mean he’ll make a return to WWE? He did tell the Los Angeles Times that he was open to revisiting that part of his life again, which he left in 2004 to try out for the NFL. With a new year upon us, what do you think the future holds for Lesnar? Perhaps another WWE championship?

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