Shortly after being bullied into submission via kicks by Alistair Overeem, the final kick coming at 2:26 in the first round, ending the fight, UFC star Brock Lesnar announce his retirement.
While the story arguably should be Overeem’s impressive victory in just one round, Lesnar still somehow steals the show with his announcement that at age 34, he will retire from mma fighting.
Lesnars has been battling a lower-intensitnal ailment for the past 14 months, while only fighting in three matches over the past 2 and a half years.
“I’ve had a really difficult couple of years with my disease, and I’m going to officially say tonight is the last time,” Lesnar said. “This is the last time you’ll see me in the octagon,”
Lesnar’s retirement announcement likely shocked fans of the sport, but UFC President Dana White didn’t appear overly surprised by the news. “I had no idea he would do that, (but) am I surprised? No,” White said. “What he accomplished in a short amount of time is amazing, but I get it. It doesn’t shock me.”
Lesnar ends his UFC career with a 5-3 record, including a victory over Randy Couture for the Heavyweight title in 2008 – one that he successfully defended twice before losing it to Cain Velasquez.
Alistair Overeem now looks ahead to his UFC title match with Junior Dos Santos, who recently defeated Velasquez for the Heavyweight title.