Brock Lesnar’s MMA/UFC career has ended, according to UFC president Dana White.
White told ESPN that Lesnar informed him that he does not intend on fighting again. There were talks about a possible Lesnar vs. Daniel Cormier fight in August but White was downplaying those rumors in recent weeks and the fight appears to be dead now with Lesnar’s retirement.
“He told me he’s done, he’s retired,” White told ESPN. He added that the new plan is for Cormier to defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Stipe Miocic.
White has been trying to put a Lesnar fight together since Lesnar and Cormier met face-to-face in the UFC Octagon last year. At the time of their confrontation, Lesnar was not signed to a deal but he did enter himself back into the USADA drug testing pool so, at that time, it looked like his mind was set on fighting again. If not, then he may have been playing UFC to get a better deal from Vince McMahon. Lesnar is scheduled to wrestle at WWE’s next show in Saudi Arabia in June.
Lesnar hasn’t fought in UFC since his unanimous decision victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July 2016. Lesnar retires with a 5-3 record and he will go down as one of the biggest box office attractions in UFC history.