MANILA, Philippines – Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is out of the company for good, according to UFC president Dana White.
“He’s done,” White said of Lesnar, as quoted by MMA Mania. “He called me a couple of days ago. He’s never coming back.”
Lesnar retired from the UFC after losing to Alistair Overeem via technical knockout at UFC 141 in December. Before that, he lost to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, which saw him drop his heavyweight title.
A few months after leaving the UFC, Lesnar returned to the World Wrestling Entertainment, but was spotted watching UFC 146, fueling rumors of his return.
White even fanned the rumors when he asked UFC fans if they were interested in seeing a fight between Lesnar and retired mixed martial arts legend Fedor Emelianenko of Russia.
It was White himself who finally put a stop to the rumors.
“(Lesnar) just said he can wrestle, but he can’t fight. He was contemplating coming back... Neither is Fedor. They’re both retired,” White said.
Lesnar retired from the UFC with a 5-3 record, having won the UFC heavyweight title with a TKO victory over Randy Couture at UFC 91.
He defended the belt twice, against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin, before losing it to Velasquez in October 2010.