Before UFC 168, there was rampant speculation regarding the possibility of former UFC Heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, returning to the Octagon. With the loss of the UFC’s biggest draw, Georges St-Pierre, only a few weeks prior, many were excited about the possibility of Lesnar returning.
In the pre-fight media scrum and multiple interviews, Dana White alluded that Lesnar would be at the UFC 168 event, but would not discuss any details regarding the matter. After the shocking end to the main event of UFC 168, the Lesnar hype train completely derailed, and not a single question about the former champion was asked at the post-fight press conference.
News broke today that Lesnar did not attend the event, as reports had suggested:
“@tazzman0898: any news on brock?” No. He wasn’t at 168. Everyone close to him says they would be shocked if he ever fought again.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 30, 2013
Unfortunately, it looks like Lesnar’s much anticipated return will not be made after all. Lesnar last fought at UFC 141, losing to Alistair Overeem by first round TKO. After the fight he retired, and moved back into the world of professional wrestling with the WWE.
With the UFC losing GSP, and possibly Anderson Silva in the last month, news that Lesnar was returning was likely music to their ears. Lesnar was a huge draw during his time in the UFC, but multiple bouts with diverticulitis cut his career short.