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Dana White says Brock Lesnar’s run was a positive for MMA

Steve Cofield
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Brock Lesnar retires at UFC 141 (Getty Images)

With its two biggest pay-per-view draws (Brock Lesnar and Georges St-Pierre) disappearing in the last month, Dana White could be in a sour mood. But he's not, especially over the sudden retirement of Lesnar last week at UFC 141.

"The way I look at the Brock Lesnar thing is we were lucky to have him around for as long as we did. Look at what he did. It was fun to have him in the UFC while we did. He made the heavyweight division, some exciting fights," White said on "The MMA Insiders" on ESPN1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas (10:09 mark).

White often tells the story of laughing at Lesnar when he first asked to fight in the UFC. He eventually went on to win the UFC heavyweight title and defend it successfully against Shane Carwin.

"I give him all the credit in the world in what he was able to accomplish, inside the Octagon, in this sport and as a draw for the UFC," White said.

The UFC boss is confident he has plenty of options to fill the void left by Lesnar's retirement and the ACL injury to GSP.

"I think we have a lot of guys. It's not like boxing where everything depends on one guy or two guys. The great thing about us is we got 10 or 15 guys," White said.

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