Brock Lesnar, the biggest mainstream star to ever compete inside the octagon, has decided he doesn’t want to leave the fake fighting world in favor of an MMA return, and UFC president Dana White (pictured) couldn’t be happier for his former heavyweight champion.
Lesnar revealed Tuesday that he inked a lucrative contract extension to remain with the WWE. While Lesnar flirted with a possible UFC comeback, WWE majority owner Vince McMahon’s deep pockets proved to be the deciding factor.
While the UFC is in dire need of crossover superstars, White understands Lesnar’s decision and appreciates the limited time they worked together.
“I’m happy for him,” White told At The Buzzer. “He was always a stand up guy. Even this, I knew this three hours ago. He called us and let us know. First of all, from what I heard, Vince made him a deal he couldn’t refuse, which is awesome. I’m happy to hear that. I’m happy for both of them.
“This is a sport where you have to be all-in. Brock had a really good stint here. He did some amazing things and it was fun to have him.”
After winning his first professional MMA fight, White was hesitant to bring Lesnar on board for fear of blurring the line between sport and sports entertainment. Lesnar quickly proved White and all of his detractors wrong, using his mammoth size and strength to capture the title in just his third UFC fight.
Lesnar successfully defended his throne twice before getting demolished by Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. He was then TKO’d by Alistair Overeem in December 2011 in a top contender bout, which subsequently proved to be his MMA swan song.
Lesnar turns 38 in July.