There was some speculation as to whether Brock Lesnar would return to the UFC after his current WWE contract was up. However, he has “closed the door” on a return to MMA.
The 37-year-old announced on Sportscenter Tuesday night (March 24) that he’s re-signed with the WWE, ending any speculation about a potential return to the UFC.
“I’m officially closing the door on MMA,” Lesnar said. “It was hard. I re-signed last night with the WWE.”
Details of his deal were unknown at press time, but he’s scheduled to appear at Wrestlemania 31 this upcoming weekend.
His previous pro-wrestling contract was scheduled to expire at the end of the month, which prompted headlines regarding a potential return to the UFC.
“It was a very hard decision at this stage of my career,” Lesnar said. “The fighter inside me wants to compete. The father and husband — I’m an older caveman now. I make wiser caveman decisions. So, I’m here to say my legacy in the Octagon is over.
“It was a hard decision to make. It took me a year,” he continued. “I’ve thought about this for a year. At the end of the day, it’s all about me wanting to have fun. The last two-and-a-half months I’ve been training to get back into the Octagon. I felt physically great, but something lacked mentally — and that’s not good.”
As an MMA fighter, Lesnar went 5-3, and would go on to become the UFC’s heavyweight champion. However, he was sidelined for a year after battling an intestinal disorder called diverticulitis. He lost his last two contest via TKO to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem.