Brock Lesnar Loses To Alistair Overeem, Retires From UFC

Brock Lesnar has retired from UFC. After being beaten at 2:26 of the first round against Alistair Overeem at last night’s UFC 141 in Las Vegas, Lesnar said it would be his last fight in the octagon.

“I’ve had a really difficult couple of years with my disease, and I’m going to officially say tonight is the last time,” the former UFC heavyweight champion said.

UFC President Dana White had the following to say:

“I had no idea he would do that, (but) am I surprised? No,” White said. “Brock Lesnar has made a lot of money in his career and has achieved a lot of things. … He brought a lot of excitement to the heavyweight division. What he accomplished in a short amount of time is amazing, but I get it. It doesn’t shock me.”

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Thanks to Wrestling News World readers Andrew, David, Lee Merriman, Jon, G Ilyas and Joey for alerting us of the news.

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  • Byron

    i’m shocked. Lesnar has gone through a lot, and it sucks he lost his last fight. I am happy though. Lesnar did give us an extra few years, and for that I’m grateful.

  • urnemystic

    Maybe he threw the fight because he is going to show up on raw jan 2 as the subject of the cryptic videos, lol

    • Alex

      I hope he didn't throw the fight just for the WWE. That's be like sacrificing a career in WWE for the chance to go to TNA.

  • bejealous

    Is it too early to suggest that maybe just maybe that on the second day of 2012 will be the return of Brock Lesnar to WWE?

    • BigMike

      Dana would have to give the ok for that to happen and he might Dana is on good terms with WWE for the most part but Lesnar is under contract with UFC still and Dana wont break that contract

  • Colm Gillespie

    My hats off to that man, One tough son of a gun.

  • Patrick

    It does not suprise me Lesner was never serious about UFC and once he started losing I knew he would quit. The guys in UFC are their because they want to be there and have a life time commitment to the UFC/MMA. for Lesner it was just about making money nothing else.

    He's fallen off his horse and can't ride it again, now that he is done with UFC I'm sure people will want to know if he will return to WWE.

    I do not want to see him return and I have no interest in seeing him return. If anything he has proven is he gets bored easily and bounces around from one thing to another. never sticking around long in anything,

    He should just stay home with Sable and his kids. Maybe he can see if he is able to join HBK on his hunting show since both guys enjoy doing that.

    • David F.

      He just quit WWE because he did not like the travel schedule. I would be fine if he did occasional appearances

    • Dave Barton

      “Lesner was never serious about UFC…”

      Brock trained his ass off to beat top names like beat Couture, Mir, and Carwin. He was UFC Heavyweight Champion. But your saying he accomplished this WITHOUT being serious about UFC? He also came back to UFC after 2 serious bouts of diverticulitis. And THAT wasn’t taking his UFC career seriously?

      Patrick, Patrick, Patrick…have you followed Brock’s UFC career at all?

      • urnemystic

        Im guessing hes a wwe fanboy who gets all his mma information from a wrestling website.

      • XKonn247

        Thank you dude. I was thinking the exact same thing.

      • Patrick_Peralta

        yes I fallowed his UFC and he has had a decent career but compared to the others who spent their life at a young age training and compteteing and sticking with it even thru losses they didn't just give up and move on to something else because they got beat. sure everyone loses at some time but they didn't just walk away because it got tough.

        I'm glad he recovered from his illness but you could see he was just phoneing it in along with faceing guys better then he was.

        the guys you mentioned Couture, Mir, and Carwin. have been in it longer then Lesner and stuck thru it thru good and bad times. They improved their skills and and worked on their weakness and dedicated their life to it as much as anyone in wrestling or any other sport would.

        Lesner didn't seem to have the same didication to it as they did. He had a decent career but I knew once he started losing he would give up on it and he did.

      • BigMike

        when Lesnar goes after something he wants he puts EVERYTHING into it after WWe he tried out for the Minnesota Vikings and made the team and played in preseason he dropped 30+ pounds and was always the firs to the office and last to leave with working out watching video and running drills and wheen he tried MMA did did the same ONE thing u can NEVER doubt is his passion

  • havoc525

    …and so the WWE return speculation begins.

  • Sean

    Of course sad for brock…
    But the dutch pride the reem was awesome

  • Bobby

    I watched the replay of the fight and i’m so glad I didn’t order it. I kick to the liver is about as exciting as Cena using duct tape against Batista. I feel bad for Brock. Divercultitis is a terrible disease, however people are going to look at his UFC career as a joke. What a shame. This is why I don’t support mma and never will. Just my opinion.

    • John

      Brock Lesnar came to the UFC as a 1-0 rookie & fought the very best fighters in the world from the start. (fighting a former UFC heavyweight champion in your first UFC fight is almost unheard of) he then went on to become the UFC heavyweight champion & defend it not once but twice.. I'm not his biggest fan but to say his UFC career was a joke is ridiculous! Then again you obviously have no clue about MMA so i'm not surprised.

      • Bobby

        I didn't say his MMA career was a joke? I said most MMA fans are going to view his career as a joke because he was rushed to the top of the card so quickly. Sorry if I didn't make my point clear last time.

  • Ellen

    It's called throwing a fight, no? Big man, sad ending, too bad. Please don't come back to WWE, they are filled to overflowing with little to no talent workers.

  • Patrick V

    He retired bc he has some disease and he has missed many months bc of it But tge 1/2/12 return speculation is far fetched

    • XKonn247

      Glad you know the EXACT reason why fella.

  • Kobe

    Beat Randy Couture,Shane Carwin,Frank Mir, and became UFC World Heavyweight Champion. He has nothing left to prove, he was a hell of a fighter.

  • Bubba J

    I like how the author wrote that Lesnar was a NCAA Wrestling Champion and a fake WWE wrestler. Like he could of just said WWE wrestler. Idiots.

  • Alex

    I don't think he's going to return to the WWE just because his illness would make it very difficult to do so. It would be like the Bret/Vince match at Wrestlemania again.

    • John

      If Brock can get through an intense 8-9 week training camp then step inside the octagon to fight an elite-level striker in Alistair Overeem, i don't see getting into a WWE ring will cause him to many problems.

  • Andrew

    He didn’t throw the fight so he could go back to WWE. He got kicked in his surgically repaired stomach by a former world kickboxing champion and then punched repeatedly in the face and head. People really need to quit confusing wrestling with other stuff. Not everything is a storyline or a work.

    • Nate

      Exactly!!! The days of throwing a fight died with Heavyweight Boxing. He just simply felt as if he couldn’t continue in the sport.

  • Dave

    Thank you Brock. And best wishes to you and yours in the New Year.

  • Casey Mac

    I like Brock, I did not see the fight, but from seeing the promo shows I thought Brock might have been overmatched. Overeem is no joke, niether is Brock BUT Overeem has so much more experience with his striking & kicking, Brock just was'nt ready. I think it he was just not at the level of Overeem.