By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 31st, 2011 at 1:02 am EST
Brock Lesnar was talking like he was going to be the champion again.
But Lesnar had to eat his words, as he was stopped in the first round in his heavyweight bout at UFC 141 on Friday night. He was knocked out with a vicious kick by Alistair Overeem.
Immediately after the bout, he retired from mixed martial arts. He was the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view star, but 14 months away from the cage affected him in the bout.
“I’ve had a really difficult couple of years with my disease, and I’m going to officially say (last night) is the last time,” Lesnar said. “This is the last time you’ll see me in the octagon.”
Lesnar was 5-3 in the MMA and stunned the fans by his decision. He retired in his hometown of Las Vegas.
He is a former NCAA champion and WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) champion. He rose to the top of the MMA ranks and fought just three times in the past 2 1/2 years.
During that 2 1/2 year span, he was hampered by diverticulitis, a lower-intestinal ailment that could have killed him. He backed out a fight with Junior Dos Santos in June in Vancouver after being affected with diverticulitis again.
“I promised my wife and my kids if I won this fight, I would get a title shot, and that would be my last fight,” Lesnar said. “But if I lost (last night) … you’ve been great.”
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