The former UFC heavyweight champion announced his retirement following his first-round loss to former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Overeem in that main event.
Lesnar first won the belt back at UFC 91 in only his fourth professional fight as a mixed martial artist.
He went on to successfully defend it twice before losing the title to Cain Velasquez, which happened after he’d made a comeback from an operation to remedy a bout of diverticulitis.
That same disease reoccurred in early 2011, and he was again sidelined, only to meet his demise against “The Demolition Man” at UFC 141.
At present, there's speculation that the former NCAA Division I standout could be returning to the WWE where he first came to prominence.
Since his arrival at the Zuffa-based promotion back in 2008, Lesnar has been the top PPV draw, which in no small measure has been due to the WWE contingent he brought with him to the firm.
To date, several of his matchups have generated some of the highest buy rates in UFC history—UFC 100: Lesnar vs. Mir 2 (1.6 million), UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin (1.16 million), UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez (1.05 million) and UFC 91: Lesnar vs. Couture (1.01 million).
These latest figures will place the UFC 141 event somewhere between 11 and 14 in the top UFC PPV’s of all-time.
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