Brock Lesnar: Dana White confirms Brock Lesnar’s retirement from the UFC in an interview with TMZ. He also explains why The Beast chose the WWE over UFC.
Dana White broke the news of Brock Lesnar’s retirement from UFC last month in an interview with ESPN.
“He told me he’s done, he’s retired,” White told ESPN then. “We’re going to move in another direction with Cormier.”
Since then rumors have circulated that Brock chose not to come back to the UFC, despite teasing a showdown with Daniel Cormier at UFC 226 last year in July, because he wanted a piece of the pay per view buys and the UFC would not budge.
Dana White denied those claims in an interview with ESPN.
“That’s not why Brock Lesnar didn’t fight,” He told ESPN. “Brock Lesnar got a better deal is basically what happened for Brock. And if you really look when we were on pay-per-view, we were on traditional pay-per-view, everybody was talking about how the pay-per-view business was dying. It’s dying and nobody can pull numbers anymore.”
In another interview with TMZ he said:
“He’s done. He’s made his decision. I don’t know where he is in that other world. … I know he was looking at doing a new deal with Vince [McMahon] to stay with the WWE. I’ve always had a good relationship with Brock, we’ve always dealt really well with each other.”
“When you decide or don’t decide to fight, it’s a decision. You have to mentally be ready to fight. You have to be all in on fighting. If you’re not all in, then you shouldn’t fight. He made the decision, and it’s the right decision.”
Brock Lesnar made his UFC debut in 2008. He went on to win 5 of his first 6 matches. The Beast is currently with the WWE where he is the current Money in the Bank winner.
(H/T interview with ESPN Wrestling Inc.)
(H/T interview with TMZ Bleacher Report)