Lesnar won't return to UFC: manager

Posted at 09/12/2012 5:04 PM | Updated as of 09/12/2012 10:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has no reason to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), according to his manager, Paul Heyman.

Lesnar left the UFC last December after losing in a title eliminator bout to Alistair Overeem. He has since returned to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where his career started.

"I think (UFC president) Dana White would love to have Brock Lesnar back," Heyman said, as quoted by ESPN. "I think (UFC owner) Lorenzo Fertitta would love to have Brock Lesnar back." 

"Does Brock Lesnar want to go back? I don't think Brock has anything to prove in the UFC anymore," he added.

Rumors about Lesnar returning to the UFC started when White asked mixed martial arts fans if they wanted to see the former champion against MMA legend Fedor Emelianeko. White has since explained, however, that he only asked the question out of curiousity.

According to Heyman, there is no need for Lesnar to return to the UFC since he has already secured his future.

"He's 35 years old. He made a lot of money in the UFC. His house and his farms and his cars and everything that he owns is paid for," Heyman said. "Why would he go in and risk injury and concussions and risk any kind of physical damage when he doesn't need to?"

"That's the thing you have to understand. How hungry can a fighter be when he has milions and millions of dollars in the bank? What's there for him to gain?" he added.

"Another run as UFC heavyweight champion? Why would he do that?"

Lesnar won the UFC heavyweight title when he knocked out Randy Couture at UFC 91 and defended the belt twice.

He lost the title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, however, and was out of action for some time as he dealt with several health issues, including diverticulitis.