Brock Lesnar Retires Following Loss to Alistair Overeem

Written by Tom Ngo
December 30th, 2011

UFC Brock Lesnar

Following Friday night’s 1stRound TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (Pictured) retired from the sport of mixed martial arts.

Most thought Lesnar would be more aggressive in trying to plant Overeem on his back, but after a couple of failed single-leg attempts, the former WWE superstar decided to try and stand with the kickboxing specialist.

After eating several knees to the midsection and a vicious kick to the body, Lesnar folded over as Overeem went in for the kill.

“My hat’s off to Alistair Overeem. I’ve had a really difficult couple of years with my disease,” Lesnar stated. “Tonight is the last time you will see me in the Octagon. I want to thank everybody – the Fertittas, Dana White. Everybody, you’ve been great.

“I’m here to say that Brock Lesnar has officially retired – I promised my wife, my kids. If I won this fight, I’d fight one more time for the title. If I lost, I’d retire.”

Lesnar hangs up his MMA gloves with a 5-3 professional record, with all but one of his scraps coming inside the Octagon. Four of his seven fights were of the championship variety.

UFC 141 took place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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