Brock Lesnar was the biggest name in the MMA community after he dethroned UFC king, Randy Couture, to capture the UFC Heavyweight championship. After successfully defending his title in his next two fights (against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin respectively) it seemed that Lesnar would be one of the most dominant Heavyweights in UFC history. Unfortunately, however, this would not be the case.
Lesnar went on to miss significant time after winning the UFC heavyweight title due to the debilitating disease diverticulitis. The disease caused Lesnar to drop a ton of weight, all while barely clinging to life at one point. Lesnar admitted that when he first got sick he should have done something about it right away, but his own tough guy mentality kept him from immediately pursuing medical treatment. Doctors were able to save Brock Lesnar’s life, however, a second stint of the debilitating disease completely changed Lesnar’s dominating ways in the octagon.
“You saw me (at 100 percent) in the fight against Randy [Couture] but it got worse,” Lesnar said. “When I’d get halfway through a training camp and I knew something was wrong. There’s something physically wrong with me so I need to figure it out.”
Lesnar has always wanted to make one last run at MMA glory, and it almost happened early 2015 as his contract with the WWE had expired.
Cue the bidding war between the UFC and the WWE. In the end, Lesnar decided to stay with the WWE, all but putting his UFC career behind him. He left the UFC even though he was not quite satisfied with the way his final two bouts in the octagon went down.
“It wasn’t a bluff,” Lesnar said on the “Stone Cold” Steve Austin podcast. “I felt robbed by diverticulitis. I felt robbed by being sick. I was feeling good and it took me a couple years to start feeling good. I’m at home, I’m working out, my life is great, everything’s in tune, my contract’s coming to an end with WWE, hey it’s been a great time, but something’s missing. I was up front and totally honest with the company and told them I’m really thinking of pursuing getting back in the Octagon.”
During the final stages of the decision by Lesnar, he decided to test himself one last time to decide if he could mentally prepare to make another run at the UFC Heavyweight division.
“I started a training camp. I wanted to test myself and see where I was — not more physical, but mentally,” Lesnar said. “I wanted to see the mental challenges that it was going to take. If your head’s not in the game, the last place you want to get into is in the Octagon.”
There is no telling what could have happened if Lesnar had decided to return to the UFC this year. One thing is for certain: If it weren’t for his sickness, Lesnar believes he would still be in the UFC today.
“It was really unfair for me,” Lesnar said. “To this day, I don’t know if I’d be a pro wrestler if I hadn’t gotten sick. I may not be here. I’d still be banging heads.”
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