Former heavyweight champion Lesnar called it quits after suffering a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem in late 2011, deciding a paycheck from WWE for scripted scrapping was a bit more appealing than continuing to put his health on the line in real rumbles under the UFC banner. While Lesnar’s heart was never fully in MMA, the promise he showed in an eight-fight career can’t be discounted. He was thrown to the wolves from the beginning and came out on top more often than not, possessing strength and size unlike many of his peers in addition to a polished wrestling background.
When it comes to discussing Mixed Martial Artists and retirement the conversation tends to be on fighters who have held on a little too long a la Jens Pulver, Chuck Liddell, or Tito Ortiz. However, there are plenty of pugilists who have walked away from the UFC with gas left in the tank to the chagrin of countless fans. Here’s a look at five competitors whose time in the Octagon was cut short… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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