Following his single-round destruction at the hands (and shins and knees) of Alistair Overeem, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts.
Citing the difficulty he’s had over the last few years due to diverticulitis and a promise that he made to his family, the former pro wrestling superstar humbly hung up his gloves in the cage and thanked everyone who helped him along his way. Following the fight, UFC president Dana White was asked his thoughts on Lesnar’s retirement.
“Lesnar brought a lot of excitement to the heavyweight division,” White said of the 5-3 battler. “What that man accomplished in a short amount of time with one fight is amazing. I get it. (His retirement) doesn’t shock me, but I didn’t know.”
Lesnar entered the UFC with one professional fight to his credit and went on to take the promotion’s heavyweight belt from Randy Couture, defeating the likes of Heath Herring, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin along that path. Consecutive defeats to Cain Velasquez and now Overeem have prompted him to hang it up and some wonder just how much his disease prevented him from performing in his recent fights.
“I think it did before,” White said of how diverticulitis affected Lesnar. “I think what shortened him tonight was a kick to the body. A lot of people don’t realize what that feels like. He said, ‘I think my rib’s broken. I don’t know what a broken rib feels like, but if it hurts worse than this, I don’t want to feel it.'”