Brock Lesnar has declared that he is done with the UFC — but he’s still ready to rumble! The former heavyweight champion has signed a new contract with the WWE and will throw down at Wrestlemania on March 29.
Former UFC star Brock Lesnar, 37, announced that he has extended his contract with the WWE and will not be returning to mixed martial arts style fighting on March 25. With his WWE contract set to expire at the end of the month, speculation had been rampant that he would make his return to the Octagon. But Brock laid those rumors to rest when he announced “I’m officially closing the door on MMA.”
Brock Lesnar Ends UFC Career: Re-Signs With WWE
Speculation had grown that Brock would resign with the UFC when he was spotted ringside at Staples Center last month for Ronda Rousey’s title defense, but he insists he was there strictly as a fan and not as a negotiating ploy. Despite feeling like he was in peak physical condition, he felt he lacked the competitive edge necessary to succeed in the bone crunching world of MMA fighting.
“It was a hard decision to make,” he revealed to ESPN. “It took me a year. I’ve thought about this for a year. At the end of the day, it’s all about me wanting to have fun. The last two-and-a-half months I’ve been training to get back into the Octagon. I felt physically great, but something lacked mentally — and that’s not good.”
Although he struggled with his decisions, ultimately it was his role as a father and husband that led him to the decision that it was time to leave UFC.
“It was a very hard decision at this stage of my career. The fighter inside me wants to compete. The father and husband — I’m an older caveman now. I make wiser caveman decisions. So, I’m here to say my legacy in the Octagon is over.”
Brock Returns To Wrestlmania
Brock made his professional MMA debut in June 2007 and fought his way up the ranks until he became heavyweight champion after knocking out Randy Couture in Nov. 2008. His title defense fight against Frank Mir at UFC 100 remains the highest selling UFC pay per view event of all time.
His WWE career will continue at Wrestlemania 31 on March 29, when he faces off against Roman Reigns.
What do you think Hollywoodlifers? Did Brock make the right decision to end his UFC career?
— Alex Cramer