Following his loss to Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 35, the assumption was that Brock Lesnar’s next move would be a return to UFC. While it seemed like a highly-anticipate fight against heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier wouldn’t happen, Lesnar appearing in the octagon was sure to turn heads. Now, however, it sounds like that’s not going to happen.
According to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Lesnar’s plans to return to UFC fell through, and barring a miracle will not happen.
It turns out this goes deeper than a contract dispute or WWE just offering Lesnar a metric ton of cash to keep in him professional wrestling. Brett Okamoto of ESPN spoke to UFC president Dana White, who said that Lesnar told him he’s done with mixed martial arts.
Lesar, a former UFC heavyweight champion with a 5-3 (1) career record with the promotion, became eligible to return to the promotion earlier this year after serving a suspension over a positive test for a banned substance. Reports had indicated that the 41-year-old Lesnar signed deals to compete in both the WWE and UFC, but it appears at least one half of that equation will not come to fruition.
We’ll keep you updated on whether this is a UFC-specific retirement or if this is something bigger.