Dana White: Brock Lesnar 'retired,' moving in new direction with Daniel Cormier

Johnny Flores Jr.Yahoo Sports Contributor

Brock Lesnar will not be making his return to the Octagon after all. The former UFC champion has instead elected to retire, according to UFC president Dana White.

“He told me he's done, he's retired,” White told ESPN. “We're going to move in another direction with Cormier."

Lesnar (5-3) was projected to take on Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title later this summer. However, that will no longer be happening.

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Instead, Cormier will likely be involved in a rematch with Stipe Miocic, per White. The two met at UFC 226 in a first-round loss for Miocic.

Following Cormier’s win, Lesnar confronted him in the Octagon. The two exchanged words and a shove for a would-be buildup to a later match.

At the time, Lesnar said, “I’m coming for you mother-[expletive]!”

Lesnar has not fought in MMA since July of 2016 at UFC 200. Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt, but the decision was later overturned to a no contest due to Lesnar failing two drug tests.

In November, Cormier retained his heavyweight title by way of submission against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230.

Brock Lesnar is retiring from the UFC for a second time, according to Dana White. (Getty Images)
Brock Lesnar is retiring from the UFC for a second time, according to Dana White. (Getty Images)

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