Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, will not return to the Octagon, signing a contract extension with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) ahead of his main event match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31 this Sunday evening (March 31, 2015).
Exact details of the deal were not disclosed, but it sounds sweet.
Lesnar appeared on ESPN.com earlier this afernoon to announce the news:
"The older you get, the wiser you become. I didn’t want to be that guy who retired and came back. There was a lot of things that went through my mind — this wasn’t an overnight decision. It was a long, heart-felt decision. You weigh out all the pros and cons, and at the end of the day, last night old Vince McMahon put an offer on the table that I could not refuse. That’s really what it comes down to — business, money, health and well-being. I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum…. I’m happy. I love what I’m doing. I work a limited schedule, part-time with full-time pay — like everyone wants, but can’t have. Just me! I’m happy."
Lesnar, who turns 38 in three months, retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) after a technical knockout loss to Alistair Overeem in late 2011; however, it was a scary battle against (diverticulitis) that ultimately forced his hand.
The former NCAA Division-1 national champion subsequently returned to his old professional wrestling stomping grounds, regaining his health and re-capturing the promotion's Heavyweight belt in the process. And he was able to do it all on his terms.
Up until last week, his mouthpiece, Paul Heyman, suggested that Lesnar -- if he wanted -- might just unify the WWE and UFC titles. WWE Majority Owner and CEO, Vince McMahon, wasn't going to let that happen though, locking down "Beast Incarnate" to a lucrative deal that has even Lesnar grinning ear-to-ear.
Dana White? Not so much.