Current WWE Superstar, Brock Lesnar, has notified UFC officials that he is walking away from the sport of MMA for the second and possibly final time of his career. This opens the door for him to wrestle for the WWE longer than expected.
A UFC spokesperson confirmed this news to MMA Fighting today. Brock Lesnar's name no longer appears on the UFC roster and he has also been removed from USADA's drug-testing pool. Lesnar's MMA career ended on a sour note as he was caught taking performance enhancing drugs last year with his fight against Mark Hunt back at UFC 200.
Lesnar was fined $200,000 for the incident and was suspended from MMA fighting for one year. Before his 2016 fight, Lesnar's UFC career was commendable as he won the Heavyweight title from Randy Couture back in 2008. He defended his belt multiple times, although went down to Cain Velasquez in 2010.
Lesnar's first MMA retirement occurred in late 2011 due to his battles with diverticulitis. He then signed a deal with the WWE to work part-time for many years. Lesnar had the itch to fight legitimately again in 2016, but as aforementioned his use of performance enhancing drugs kind of ruined his reputation in the sport of MMA. Brock Lesnar is turning 40 years old in July so quitting MMA fighting is a good move for his health.
His retirement in MMA means he is open to work more dates in the WWE in the near future. Lesnar signed a new deal with the wrestling company back in 2015 that is expected to last until 2018. If Lesnar feels comfortable, he could continue working with the WWE after 2018. After all, people older than him such as Chris Jericho, Triple H, Goldberg and The Undertaker are still wrestling!