Earlier today former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar definitively revealed that he will not return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship despite months of speculation that his return was imminent following the completion of his current deal with WWE.

Having returned to the world of pro wrestling following his retirement from mixed martial arts in 2011, Lesnar went on to make his WWE return and play the role of heavyweight champion in the world’s biggest live action theatre company.

It was widely speculated that Lesnar would fight once again following WWE’s Wrestlemania 31 pay-per-view on March 29 which is understood to have marked the end of his contract. Lesnar’s MMA career came to end with a record of 5-3, and a final loss to Alistair Overeem via a first round TKO at UFC 141. It was conceived that Lesnar’s grueling battle with diverticulitis had effected his ability to perform in the Octagon, but that he was now ready to return having regained full health, confidence, and a hunger to compete.

In an exclusive interview on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Lesnar finally revealed that he has reached a decision.

“The older you get, the wiser you become, and I didn’t want to be that guy that retired and came back, so there was a lot of different things that went through my mind. Like I said, this wasn’t an overnight decision, this was a long heartfelt decision, you weigh out the pros, you weight out the cons and at the end of the day, last night, old Vince McMahon (WWE owner) put the offer on the table that I couldn’t refuse.

“When it comes down to business and money, and health and well-being, I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. I’ve been in a bad position with my health, I’ve been in a bad position with my money, and now I’m in a great position with both and I’m happy. I love what I’m doing, I work a limited schedule, I work part-time with full-time pay, like everybody wants.”