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  • March Stories of the Month: Brock Bids MMA Adieu By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Brock Lesnar elected to stick with World Wrestling Entertainment. | Photo: Sherdog.com



    After months of rumors and speculation, Brock Lesnar’s future will play out inside a professional wrestling ring, not a mixed martial arts cage.

    During an appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” on March 24, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder officially closed the door on a return to the Las Vegas-based promotion.

    “It was a very hard decision for me. It’s hard to talk about it,” Lesnar said. “The fighter inside of me wants to compete. I’m an older caveman now, so I make wiser caveman decisions. I’m here to say that my legacy in the Octagon is over.”

    Lesnar revealed that he has been training as if he was going to compete in MMA for the past two months. After much deliberation, the lifestyle offered on the sports entertainment circuit trumped the opportunity to get back into a non-choreographed, combat sports arena.

    “I thought about this for a year. At the end of the day, it’s all about me wanting to have fun. The money is great, but the lifestyle ...,” he said. “For the last two months, I’ve been training; I’ve been training to get back in the Octagon. I felt physically great, but something lacked mentally, and that’s not good.”

    It did not hurt that World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon made the hulking former NCAA wrestling champion a generous offer on March 23. That deal, Lesnar said, effectively rules out any hopes of him changing his mind and returning to the UFC down the road.

    “I’m officially closing the door on MMA. I re-signed last night with the WWE,” said Lesnar, who headlined the WrestleMania pay-per-view on March 29. “We’re pretty good at keeping secrets, even in today’s age of technology. We came to a conclusion last night, and the offer on the table I just could not refuse. I think it’s fair to the fans. It was my decision. It was public knowledge and it was out there: ‘What is Brock gonna do?’”

    That speculation only intensified when Lesnar showed up on Feb. 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for UFC 184, which saw one of the organization’s current luminaries, Ronda Rousey, retain her bantamweight crown with a 14-second submission of Cat Zingano. The 37-year-old insists that his presence was not a negotiating ploy to squeeze more money out of either potential employer. Instead, Lesnar wanted a chance to experience what he had been missing since retiring from the UFC in 2011.

    “I went to the Rousey fight just to experience and to have that feeling,” Lesnar said. “It wasn’t a contractual move or a bartering pitch. For me, I wanted to feel that energy. It just so happened it was Ronda Rousey. If it would have been anybody, I would have went to the fight.”

    Lesnar initially called it quits following a first-round technical knockout loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 on Dec. 30, 2011. That came on the heels of another lopsided loss at UFC 121, where he relinquished the heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez. Lesnar was admittedly unhappy with the way things ended in the Octagon. After a promising start, which saw him capture the UFC heavyweight belt three bouts into his tenure and emerge as the organization’s top pay-per-view draw, Lesnar was derailed by diverticulitis. The life-threatening illness claimed nearly a foot and a half of Lesnar’s colon and seemingly left him a shell of the fighter that obliterated Frank Mir at the UFC’s centennial event.

    “I talked with [UFC President] Dana [White]; I talked with [UFC CEO] Lorenzo [Fertitta]; I talked to Vince McMahaon; I talked to my wife; I talked with my friends. I had many sleepless nights on what to do,” Lesnar said. “At the end of the day, it weighted heavily on my heart: I was born to be an entertainer, and I have fun doing it.

    “I could go back to the Octagon, and what am I gonna gain? I was the UFC heavyweight champion of the world,” he added. “Due to my illness, my career got cut short. That’s God telling you, ‘Hey, it’s time to move on’ and maybe it’s a bump in the road for me, but as the years went by, it wore on me so much that the fighter inside me didn’t want it to end that way. I didn’t want it to be like that. I didn’t want to leave the UFC on a losing streak. That’s just the competitive guy inside of me.”

    After much soul searching, even the chance to re-write that ending was not enough to convince Lesnar to return to the cage.

    “You can’t force somebody to get in the cage and fight. That’s not the business, and that’s where I was,” he said. “Was my heart and my head really into it? What are the reasons why I want to go in there? Because I don’t like the way it ended? Or, really, what is it? At the end of the day, I’m really happy where I’m at with the WWE.”

    The other stories of interest on Sherdog.com during the month of March:

    * CHANGING OF THE GUARD

    * STAYING PUT

    * OVERDUE SEQUEL

    * BITING THE BIG APPLE

    * A DECISION FOR THE COURTS

    * VALE TUDO RELICS: THE MMA DEBUT OF ‘HENDO’

    * SHERDOG’S TOP 10: BRUTAL BEATDOWNS

    * BEST OF THE BEST

    * BELLATOR MMA: SIX YEARS LATER



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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed Light Heavyweight Title Timeline - See the recent fights that crowned new 205-pound champions in one of the most talented divisions in the UFC. With Jon Jones, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider Best of Light Heavyweights - Daniel Cormier's exclusive account of his UFC 182 fight week showdown against Jon Jones, knockout artist Anthony Johnson's powerful signature moves, and Alexander Gustafsson reveals his warrior code.

    4:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - Enhanced replay of a memorable title fight.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC: In the Moment The Rise of Jon Jones - An all-access look at the rise of Jon Jones, as he trains, fights, travels, and works.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II - The title rematch between UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and challenger Robbie Lawler.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed Light Heavyweight Title Timeline - See the recent fights that crowned new 205-pound champions in one of the most talented divisions in the UFC. With Jon Jones, Mauricio Rua, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night UFC: Maia vs. LaFlare - Andre Fili vs. Godofredo Pepey; Alex Oliveira vs. Gilbert Burns; Shayna Baszler vs. Amanda Nunes; Tony Martin vs. Leonardo Santos; Josh Koscheck vs. Erick Silva; Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare. From Rio de Janeiro.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: In the Moment The Rise of Jon Jones - An all-access look at the rise of Jon Jones, as he trains, fights, travels, and works.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira - UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones aims to defend his title for a record-breaking seventh time against Brazilian heavy-hitter Glover Teixeira. Go inside the training camps of both men, then re-visit the Octagon's Baltimore debut.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III - A new look at the final chapter of this trilogy. Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos clash for the UFC Heavyweight belt at UFC 166.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Knockouts Heavyweights - The greatest finishers from the heavyweight division including Cain Velasquez, Minotauro Nogueira, Junior dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski and more.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2; Dos Santos vs. Hunt - Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez prepares to defend his belt against Antonio Silva while former champion Junior dos Santos looks to make a case for another title shot against fellow heavy hitter Mark Hunt.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Presents Cain Velasquez: Heart of a Warrior - Cain Velasquez's account of his rise and reign atop the UFC. From making history as the first ever Mexican-American UFC heavyweight champion, to his epic trilogy against Junior dos Santos, and the remarkable family bonds that forged him.

    9:00 p.m. ET Spike TV: Bellator MMA Live Bellator 135

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event UFC 121: Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights Lion Fight 21 - Kevin Ross fights Tetsuya Yamato; Chajmaa Bellekhal meets Tiffany Van Soest; live from Temecula, Calif.

    10:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event UFC 116: Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin

    11:15 p.m. ET Spike TV: Top 10 Knockouts: Glory Kickboxing Counting down the ten most exciting knockouts that have taken place in the Glory ring with a preview of Glory Kickboxing 20: Dubai; hosted by television personality Bill Goldberg.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III - A new look at the final chapter of this trilogy. Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos clash for the UFC Heavyweight belt at UFC 166.

    12:30 a.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA EPISODE: 379 - Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice break down WSOF 19; Pat Miletich and Michael Schiavello discuss Lion Fight 21.

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  • Video: Dana White Reacts to Brock Lesnar’s Decision to Re-Sign with WWE By: Sherdog.com Staff

    On Tuesday, Brock Lesnar announced that he was re-signing with the WWE and will not be returning to MMA. See how Dana White reacts to the former heavyweight champion’s decision in an interview with Fox Sports “At the Buzzer.”



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  • Video: Brock Lesnar Explains Decision to Retire from UFC By: Mike Fridley

    Brock Lesnar discusses his decision to retire from the Ultimate Fighting Championship on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

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  • Video: Watch Paul Heyman Hint at Brock Lesnar ‘Unifying the WWE, UFC Title’ This Summer By: C.J. Tuttle

    Pour some gasoline on the rumors that Brock Lesnar’s return to Ultimate Fighting Championship are imminent. During last night’s Monday Night Raw, Heyman cut a scathing promo that bluntly addresses Lesnar fighting in the Octagon, perhaps while still employed by World Wrestling Entertainment.



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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Thursday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 13 Episode 8: Team Lesnar vs. Dos Santos: Shut Him Up - A surprise visit from UFC fighter and US Marine Brian Stann; Clay battles an injury as he takes on Ramsey; Shamar gets his chance to shut up Chris Cope in the cage.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Bigfoot vs. Mir – Prelims - T.J. Waldburger vs. Wendell Oliveira; Mike de la Torre vs. Tiago Trator; Matt Dwyer vs. William Patolino; Marion Reneau vs. Jessica Andrade. From Porto Alegre, Brasil.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Women - When the UFC introduced the women's bantamweight division its new athletes brought an unprecedented level of charisma and skill to the sport.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman/Edgar vs. Oliveira - Anderson Silva, braces for a title matchup against undefeated Chris Weidman. Plus, former champion Frankie Edgar meets Charles Oliveira in the co-main event. See all four athletes train then see their bouts from UFC 162.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Anthony Pettis - Step inside the octagon as Pettis relives his three exciting first round finishes, including his thrilling submission of Benson Henderson to capture the Lightweight title.

    5:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano

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  • Video: Watch NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone Callout Brock Lesnar in WWE By: C.J. Tuttle

    Karl Malone is best known for his time spent in the NBA playing for the Utah Jazz and L.A. Lakers, but not many people know that “The Mailman” also had a stint in World Championship Wrestling where he competed against Dennis Rodman. Now, the retired Malone is calling out World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Could he follow in the footsteps of Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva, who are meeting with WWE during WrestleMania weekend?





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  • Tuesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto - After pulling off the upset of the year to capture the bantamweight crown, T.J. Dillashaw makes his first title defense against Joe Soto, a fellow Californian who's already worn gold in two other MMA organizations.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Brown vs. Silva - Louis Smolka vs. Chris Cariaso; Ruan Potts vs. Soa Palelei; Tim Means vs. Neil Magny; Daron Cruickshank vs. Erik Koch; Lorenz Larkin vs. Costas Philippou; Erick Silva vs. Matt Brown. From Cincinnati.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Overeem vs. Lesnar - The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Alistair Overeem vs Brock Lesnar, Roy Nelson vs Mirko Filipovic, Lavar Johnson vs Joey Beltran, Pat Barry vs Christian Morecraft, and Frank Mir vs Rodrigo Nogueira.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Thatch/Sterling/Zingano - Brandon Thatch has aided Aljamain Sterling and taps into his potential. Analyze the value of a world title shot and Cat Zingano unlocks her 'warrior code'.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni - We bring you exciting finishes from the top-tier fighters who first made their names on The Ultimate Fighter reality show, including Rashad Evans, Diego Sanchez, Roy Nelson, Nate Diaz, and T.J. Dillashaw.

    6:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Rebellion - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from Lake of the Torches, Lac Du Flambeau, Wis.

    8:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Headhunter - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from The Northern Lights Casino in Walker, Minn. The main event features Sam Cleavland vs. Jeff Feiock.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Rebellion - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from Lake of the Torches, Lac Du Flambeau, Wis.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Headhunter - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from The Northern Lights Casino in Walker, Minn. The main event features Sam Cleavland vs. Jeff Feiock.

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  • Sunday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Sunday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    One Punch Knockouts - Devasting knockouts.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Women - When the UFC introduced the women's bantamweight division its new athletes brought an unprecedented level of charisma and skill to the sport.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Bad Blood - Bitter rivalries and grudge matches.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Trilogy: Liddell vs. Couture - Three classic fights between Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Middleweight Title Timeline - Three pivotal fights that changed the face of the middleweight division.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    From the Brink of Defeat - Inside the Octagon, anything can happen and these unbelievable come-from-behind victories prove it. With Brock Lesnar, Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone, and more.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Top submissions examined.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Debuts - First bouts of some of the UFC's top fighters.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Fight of the Night Winners - Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva and Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Chad Mendes; Conor McGregor

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Chad Mendes; Conor McGregor

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of UFC 2014

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Friday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier - Prelims
    Paul Felder vs. Danny Castillo; Cody Garbrandt vs. Marcus Brimage; Jared Cannonier vs. Shawn Jordan; Rodrigo Damm vs. Evan Dunham. From Las Vegas.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    A Champion Will Be Crowned: Esparza vs. Namajunas - The Ultimate Fighter Finale main event in Las Vegas. The UFC's first strawweight champion will be crowned, plus featherweight contenders Jeremy Stephens and Charles Oliveira will square off.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
    The Notorious Conor McGregor offers a first hand perspective inside the octagon, as he revisits his meteoric rise to MMA stardom.

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Rising Stars - See the wild finishes that put up-and-coming fighters on the fast-track to becoming big stars. With Conor McGregor, Cat Zingano, Myles Jury, and more.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Top submissions examined.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    From the Brink of Defeat - Inside the Octagon, anything can happen and these unbelievable come-from-behind victories prove it. With Brock Lesnar, Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone, and more.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - UFC 162 made history in July of 2013 when longtime champion and future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva first took on undefeated Chris Weidman.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Rising Stars - See the wild finishes that put up-and-coming fighters on the fast-track to becoming big stars. With Conor McGregor, Cat Zingano, Myles Jury, and more.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of UFC 2014

    9:00 p.m. ET Spike TV: Bellator MMA's Top 20 Knockouts
    The most devastating and exciting finishes to have ever occurred inside the Bellator cage.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: The Voice Versus
    Wanderlei Silva - Michael 'The Voice' Schiavello interviews Wanderlei Silva; discusses his rise through MMA, origins of the wrist-roll and rumors of plastic surgery.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Resurrection Fighting Alliance 22: Smith vs. Njokuani
    Gilbert Smith vs. Chidi Njokuani, welterweight world title bout; Mark Dickman vs. Donald Sanchez, featherweight bout; Alvin Robinson vs. Ricky Musgrave, featherweight bout. From Colorado Springs, Colo.

    10:00 p.m. ET Spike TV: Bellator MMA Presents: 15 Fantastic Finishes
    A celebration of 15 of the best Bellator MMA finishes.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Boxing
    Throne Boxing: Dusty Hernandez Harrison vs. Tommy Rainone

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