Following his third loss in professional mixed martial arts competition, former UFC heavyweight champion and all-around captivating figure, Brock Lesnar, announced his retirement from MMA.
Having taken a thorough beating courtesy Alistair Overeem in their UFC 141 main event tilt last weekend, the oft-controversial Lesnar issued a heartfelt and emotional retirement speech to the crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“My hat’s off to Alistair Overeem. I wanna take my hat off to all my training partners, my wife, my family. I’ve had a really difficult couple of years, with my disease. I’m gonna officially say, tonight is the last night you’ll see me in the Octagon,” Lesnar announced. “I wanna thank everybody. I wanna thank the Fertittas, Dana White. Brock Lesnar is officially retired, I promised my wife and my kids if I won this fight I would get my title shot and that would be my last fight, and that if I lost tonight – everybody, you’ve been great. Alistair, it’s been a pleasure.”
For entering the game late and initially relying on his collegiate wrestling skills only – after taking a nearly nine-year hiatus from legitimate combat sports training – and for rallying back from two life-threatening bouts with diverticulitis, Brock Lesnar made an incredibly significant impact on the sport of MMA and its heavyweight division; not to mention that he also picked up impressive wins over the likes of Randy Couture, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin along the way.
However, as much as he’ll be known as a solitary man who simply wanted to satiate his competitive desire by facing the best cage fighters in the world, he’ll also be known for stuff like shoving cameramen. Props to MiddleEasy for the video below, which was taken following Lesnar’s retirement speech at UFC 141.