In a move that will likely come as a shock to the entire world, Brock Lesnar has officially announced that he is retired from mixed martial arts. This confirms the news that arose recently surrounding Lesnar’s UFC future despite his desire to return to UFC to take on the UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.
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While that fight was legitimately being discussed for months, Dana White told ESPN that Lesnar is done and that he’s retired. This is a very anticlimactic end to the saga that saw WWE and UFC seemingly competing against each other for The Beasts services, even if White tried to downplay any sort of bidding war that was occurring behind the scenes.
Lesnar’s WWE Future Up in the Air?
There’s no confirmation on what this means for Lesnar’s future in WWE as he hasn’t been seen on WWE television since losing the Universal Championship to Seth Rollins in the opening match of WrestleMania 35. With Lesnar officially retiring from MMA and the UFC, though, it’ll be interesting to see if he ultimately spends more time in WWE or if he decides to hang up the boots altogether.
While Lesnar may be one of the most known names on the planet for his time both in UFC and WWE as well as his history in the NCAA and failed NFL bid, he was a very unpopular Superstar in his most recent stint with WWE given his legitimate part-time schedule. While there isn’t an issue with him showing up and being an attraction similarly to the way The Undertaker has in recent years, the fact that Lesnar had been the Champion for so long while maintaining this type of schedule rubbed many fans the wrong way.
Still, WWE, Lesnar and Paul Heyman played into this angle perfectly and allowed the veteran to build heat before ultimately giving Roman Reigns (and eventually Seth Rollins) huge babyface pushes that they needed.
Lesnar may not be the most popular wrestler on the planet, but he’s still a draw. It would be a shame to not see him at least one more time in WWE given the potential he has to make any match feel larger than life. WWE just has to pick and choose their spot accordingly.