White accepts Lesnar decision

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UFC president Dana White has accepted Brock Lesnar's decision to stay in WWE after the former heavyweight champion revealed on Tuesday that he won't be returning to MMA.

Although UFC is in need of more athletes to cross over from the world of sports entertainment, particularly ones like Lesnar – who is one of the most recognisable faces in the industry – White was pleased with the 37-year-old's decision to extend his contract with the WWE.

"I'm happy for him," White told At The Buzzer.

"He was always a stand up guy. Even this, I knew this three hours ago. He called us and let us know. First of all, from what I heard, Vince made him a deal he couldn't refuse, which is awesome. I'm happy to hear that. I'm happy for both of them.

"This is a sport where you have to be all-in. Brock had a really good stint here. He did some amazing things and it was fun to have him."

White was originally hesitant to bring Lesnar on board, but after winning two fights in the Octagon,  he won the UFC heavyweight title through adept use of his immense power and size.

He defended his title twice before being defeated by Cain Velasquez at UFC 121.

His next fight – which proved to be his final bout at UFC – ended in a TKO when Alistair Overeem won a top contender bout in December 2011.