Last month, Brock Lesnar put an end to all the rumors and speculation surrounding his future, when the former UFC champ announced he had resigned with the WWE. In addition, the decorated wrestler relayed that he had closed the door on his MMA career.
Since Lesnar hasn’t fought in the Octagon since 2011, the news wasn’t exactly shocking, but a lot of folks were disappointed by the development. So, how close was the UFC to getting Lesnar back?
Well, recently Dana White appeared on Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan show, and when asked if the UFC was ever close to signing Lesnar to a new deal, he stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Not very close at all,” White said. “We’d known that Brock was probably going to take a pass and go back to wrestling, which was the right move. You know, Brock came in here, he did incredible things and he got a great deal from Vince (McMahon). He’s 38 years old, man. It makes all the sense in the world.”
Chances are more than a few people agree with White on this. When Lesnar announced he was heading back to the WWE, he admitted he had been training for a possible return to MMA, but that “something lacked mentally.” The heavyweight also conceded that much of his desire to fight again, was only because had lost his last bout, and that he had little to gain by fighting again.
Lesnar retired from MMA having gone 5-3. His last bout took place in December, 2011, when he was quickly stopped by Alistair Overeem.