After deciding not to return to the octagon for a match against UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, Brock Lesnar is officially done with the company.
In an interview with TMZ Sports (h/t WrestlingInc.com), UFC president Dana White said that Lesnar is "done" fighting for his promotion, all but confirming that he is retired completely from the sport.
"He's done," White told TMZ Sports.. "He's made his decision. I don't know where he is in that other world. I know he was looking at doing a new deal with Vince (McMahon) to stay with WWE. I've always had a good relationship with Brock. We've always dealt really well with each other."
You can watch the video of White's interview below.
This comes after White said that Lesnar opted to stay with the WWE because he "got a better deal," from them. Details of Lesnar's current deal with WWE aren't clear, but Forbes reported that he earned $6.5 million last year. Among all superstars, only John Cena made more ($10 million).\
Lesnar was present at UFC 226 and confronted Cormier, teasing a future showdown between the two. Lesnar was expected to face Cormier following the expiration of his suspension that was handed down by the USADA. But as it turns out, the UFC legend and future WWE Hall of Famer has decided that he's done in the octagon, which all but ensures his sports entertainment career will end in the squared circle - right where it all began.
The 41-year-old Lesnar has good reason to stay with WWE. He works a part-time schedule but receives extremely generous paychecks. Not only that, but he's endured two lengthy Universal Championship reigns, and Lesnar was also the winner of this year's men's Money in the Bank ladder match. WWE keeps on giving Lesnar money plus all the major main event pushes, so it's not much of a surprise that he decided to stay here rather than make a brief return to UFC.
What This Means
It was recently reported that Lesnar is also planning to retire from WWE after WrestleMania 36, so we'll find out in about 10 months if this is the end of his sports entertainment career. Lesnar can keep on wrestling just a few matches a year while putting plenty of cash in his back pocket, so it may be hard for him to really retire when he remains in prime wrestling shape. We'll just have to wait and see how it plays out.