Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar took one final kick to his stomach and crumpled at the side of the cage, unable to fight back when Alistair Overeem pounced on him.
Lesnar went on to lose the fight in the first round and decided to call it a career.
“This is the last time you’ll see me in the octagon,” Lesnar said.
Lesnar who had been the organizations largest pay-per-view draw thanks in part to his wrestling career in the WWE was 5-3 in the UFC. It only fought inside the octagon three times in the last 2 1/2 years because of a lower intestinal ailment that nearly killed him. It was the accumulation of the pain and the rehabilitation that finally did him in as his famed strength and stubbornness couldn’t overcome diverticulitis.
“I’ve had a really difficult couple of years with my disease, and I’m going to officially say tonight is the last time,” Lesnar said.
“I had no idea he would do that, (but) am I surprised? No,” UFC President Dana 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.”
No idea what Lesnar will be doing next but now that his UFC career is over don’t expect to see him in the WWE after he burned some bridges there earlier this week when he broke a industry rule and admitted that professional wrestling is fake. A big no-no in the WWE.