At UFC 141, there was something noticeably wrong with Brock Lesnar; it could of been the long layoff or his recovery from diverticulitis, but the former UFC heavyweight champion certainly did not show up to his fight with Alistair Overeem ready to compete.
As a result, Overeem was able to easily break down the 265-pound Lesnar, stalking him with his hands down, and picked up the TKO victory.
As Lesnar walked back to his corner following the bout, there had to have been a sense of uncertainty with some fans regarding his future in mixed martial arts.
And during the post-fight interview, Lesnar would announce his retirement from the sport, ending one of the most interesting and successful careers in UFC history.
There is no doubt that Lesnar will go down as one of the most popular and polarizing figures in UFC history, and while there will always been critics questioning his credibility as a legitimate heavyweight contender, he did have an impact on the sport.
But at UFC 141, Lesnar was not the same fighter he once was against competitors like Frank Mir and Randy Couture, despite his best attempts to claim he was healthy and motivated, he simply looked mentally beat.
Perhaps already knowing what lied ahead in the future led him to question his skills and longevity in the sport altogether, leading to one of the most disappointing performances in recent memory. Or maybe he was healthy and Overeem was the superior fighter.
However fans want to look at Lesnar's bout, they cannot deny his talent, even if it was only for a short period of time. But one has to wonder if Lesnar would have put on a much better performance against Overeem had he remained healthy throughout his career.
Regardless, Lesnar's bout at UFC 141 will likely be remembered more for his post-fight retirement rather than the fight itself. However, it is unappreciating to learn that his last bout came with little motivation to continue on in MMA.
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