Brock Lesnar announces his retirement from MMA competitionPosted on December 30, 2011, 11:48 PM by Joey Santosus
Following his second consecutive loss, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar has officially announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
Lesnar, 5-3 in his short professional career, returned to the octagon tonight having recently recovered from his second bout of diverticulitis, only to finished in just over two-minutes by Alistair Overeem. What began as a close contest, which saw both fighters exchange strikes early-on, gave way to Overeem's crippling knees and kicks to the body of Lesnar, sending the Minnesota native crumpling to the floor in agony.
Moments later, Lesnar took center stage for his post-fight interview with UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, confirming that it would, indeed, be his final appearance inside of the octagon.
"My hats of to Alistair Overeem," said Lesnar. "I've had a really difficult couple of years with my disease. Tonight is the last time you will see me in the Octagon. I want to thank everybody - the Fertittas, Dana White. Everybody you've been great. I'm here to say that Brock Lesnar has officially retired. I promised my wife, my kids. If I won this fight I'd fight one more time for the title. If I lost, I'd retire."
Tonight's bout marked Lesnar's first in more than a year, having been dethroned by Cain Velasquez in October 2010. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak, which saw the former WWE superstar defeat such former Champions as Randy Couture, Frank Mir, and Shane Carwin.
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