BREAKING: Dana White announces that Brock Lesnar will NOT return, but retire instead, Brendan Schaub
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Brock Lesnar to retire, UFC looking at Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic rematch
It doesn’t look like Brock Lesnar will be back in the Octagon after all.
On Tuesday evening, ESPN reported that Lesnar, 41, has spoken to UFC president Dana White about officially retiring from MMA competition.
“Brock Lesnar told me he’s done,” White told ESPN. “He’s retiring.”
MMA Fighting subsequently confirmed news of Lesnar’s intentions to retire.
This develop comes in the wake of long-running speculation that Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champion, would return to fight again following a seven-year stint with the WWE (during which he also competed at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016) and challenge current heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The two had an in-cage confrontation at UFC 226 last July following Cormier’s first-round knockout of then-champion Stipe Miocic.
Cormier has said on multiple occasions that his plan is to make Lesnar one of his final opponents before retiring, referring to Lesnar’s history as one of the biggest draws in the history of combat sports. However, with Lesnar’s apparent retirement, ESPN is reporting that the UFC is looking at booking a rematch with Miocic for Cormier’s next fight, a matchup that Miocic has been campaigning for since their first meeting.
Lesnar’s return was complicated by his ongoing obligations with the WWE as well as a one-year suspension for a failed drug test from July 2016 that was still to be served. Should Lesnar truly be finished, he retires with a 5-3 (1 NC) record in MMA, including two successful defenses of the UFC heavyweight title.
Brock Lesnar Officially Retires From MMA
Brock Lesnar has decided not to return to MMA, according to ESPN. The Beast is now retired from the sport.
UFC President Dana White said that Lesnar has informed the company that he does not plan on fighting in the Octagon again.
Lesnar had been rumored for a summer 2019 fight against UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier. That fight will not happen as Lesnar told White last week that he is retired from the sport.
"[Lesnar] told me he's done, he's retired," White told ESPN. "We're going to move in another direction with Cormier."
White now plans to book a rematch between Cormier and former champion Stipe Miocic.
Lesnar's last MMA fight came at UFC 200 in July 2016, a win Mark Hunt over that was overturned due to a failed drug test from Lesnar. He had put himself back in the USADA drug-testing pool last July, which made him eligible to fight again for the UFC this past January.
Lesnar lost the WWE Universal Championship to Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 35 earlier this month and is not currently scheduled for any WWE events. He has been rumored for WWE's next event in Saudi Arabia, which is expected to take place on Friday, June 7th.