Brock Lesnar was supposed to return to the UFC later this year to challenge pound-for-pound phenom Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title.
The bout fell through, however, after it was revealed that Lesnar decided not to renew his contract.
No one is sure of the specifics, but UFC president Dana White seems to be on good terms with the WWE powerhouse and believes the ex-heavyweight champ made the right decision.
“I wasn’t pissed at all, White said on ESPN’s Instagram page, per BJ Penn.com’s Mike Pendleton. “Brock had a good run here. It’s been fun. Listen to fight in this business you have to be 100 percent invested. You’ve got to be in. It’s not where his head was. He made the right decision.”
Lesnar, who is currently signed with WWE, hasn’t officially won a fight in the Octagon since 2010, when he submitted heavy hitting knockout artist Shane Carwin to retain his heavyweight title in the UFC 116 main event. The former NCAA Division 1 wrestler did earn a unanimous decision win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 but the bout was overturned to a No Contest (NC) after it was revealed that Lesnar tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Daniel Cormier, the former light heavyweight champ, will now defend his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241. The PPV extravaganza takes place on Aug. 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.