Rumors have been swirling around former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in recent months.
Pundits, including Dave Meltzer, had described that the pro wrestling star was likely to return to MMA this year, as his contract with WWE expires at the end of this month.
“The Lesnar people always keep things quiet,” Melzer wrote, as reported here at Caged Insider in December. “But within the company, the belief is that he’s going back to UFC, and his showing up lighter to TV last week confirmed that to people who thought it.”
But yesterday, Lesnar put those rumors to rest — permanently.
Lesnar, who enjoyed a 5-3 MMA career from 2007 to 2011, announced on Sports Center that he had re-signed with WWE and had “closed the door” on a return to MMA.
“The older you get, the wiser you become,” Lesnar said while reflecting on his decision with ESPN. “There was a lot of things that went through my mind and this wasn’t just an overnight decision. It was a long, heartfelt decision; and at the end of the day Vince McMahon put an offer on the table that I couldn’t refuse.”
Lesnar was one of the biggest attractions in MMA history. His bout with Randy Couture headlined UFC 100, which remains the highest-selling PPV event in the promotion’s history.
“When it comes down to business, money, health, and well being,” Lesnar continued, “I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum — I’ve been in a bad position with my health, and a bad position with my money. I’m in a great position with both, and I’m happy. I love what I’m doing.”
Lesnar mentioned that he was working “a limited schedule,” unlike a full time training grind with MMA.