MANILA, Philippines – Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar made the right decision by opting to stay with the WWE rather than return to the Octagon, contender Alistair Overeem said on Sunday.
Overeem was Lesnar's last opponent in the UFC. The two heavyweights fought on December 2011 and Overeem proceeded to beat Lesnar by technical knockout in the very first round.
"I think he's made, for him, a good decision," Overeem said during a media appearance at SM Megamall. "Of course, me as a fight fan, I would love to see him back in the UFC."
Lesnar announced his retirement from the UFC following the loss to Overeem, and returned to his old stomping grounds in the WWE. In March 2015, he announced that he will re-sign with the WWE, ending months of speculation about his future.
"Brock is 40 years old," said Overeem. "He's not getting any younger, and he's been out of the game for several years."
"I mean, our fight was in 2011, so he's been out of the UFC for four years. All our levels have been going up. His level has remained stagnant, maybe even gone down," he added.
"I think he made the right decision to stay where he's at."
Overeem said he wishes Lesnar all the best, but doubts that the former champion will ever compete in the UFC again.
After announcing his contract renewal with the WWE, Lesnar competed in the main event of WrestleMania 31, where he wound up losing his WWE World Heavyweight title to Seth Rollins.