The WWE World Heavyweight champion signed a new deal with WWE on Monday night, keeping him past WrestleMania 31. The news was broken by Lesnar himself who appeared on ESPN’S SportsCenter for an interview with WWE fan Michelle Beadle.
Lesnar said it was a very difficult decision for him as the fighter in him wants to compete but then the father and the husband wants another thing and ultimately decided to stay with the WWE and close the door on his MMA career.
“My legacy in the Octagon is over however my legacy this Sunday at WrestleMania will not be my last,” Lesnar said.
The champ said that he has been training for the past few months for a return to mixed martial arts but there was something missing mentally and that’s when he realized he was born to entertain. It took him a year to make this difficult decision and the money in the UFC was great but he’s happy with his lifestyle and loves being in the WWE.
He said there’s nothing he can gain from the UFC now and while he loved his time in the UFC, the illness really effected him and maybe it was God giving him a signal. He said he didn’t want to leave the UFC on a losing streak but it is what it is now.
“I’m officially closing the door on MMA, yes, and it was hard. I re-signed last night with the WWE,” Lesnar told Beadle, who was surprised with the news.
“The offer on the table I just couldn’t refuse,” Lesnar added.
Beadle said that the timing is “weird” that he announces this before Mania and Lesnar said he thinks it was fair for the fans to know because it was common knowledge his deal was expiring
“On Sunday at WrestleMania I’m going home with that damn belt,” Lesnar said.
You can see the full interview below.
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