It’s hard to imagine former UFC heavyweight champion and WWE star Brock Lesnar in better physical shape than what he already displayed throughout his career.
According to Lesnar’s manager, Paul Heyman, Lesnar was never at his physical peak dating back to when he was winning wrestling championships in college.
“I would suggest that Brock is really now in his physical prime because he was robbed of reaching his full potential as an athlete in his 20’s and early 30’s by diverticulitis,” Heyman told the Fight Society podcast (transcribed by Damon Martin of FOX Sports). “If you look back at his career, by the time he was in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, he was already suffering from diverticulitis. His body, which was so fine tuned and he had done so much to train his body to accomplish the goals he had envisioned for himself, his body was suppressing and using up so much energy and so much of his strength and his ability to suppress the diverticulitis, and finally diverticulitis couldn’t be suppressed. He probably had it throughout his entire college career.
“So you never saw him at his full potential in college. You never saw him at his full potential in his first run in WWE. He went into the Minnesota Vikings camp not only with the diverticulitis inside of his system but a broken jaw and a fractured pelvis, which he covered in the book that we wrote together and then you never saw him, not once did you see him in UFC at his absolute physical peak.”
Although recently retired from MMA after testing positive for banned substances and being served a one-year suspension from MMA competition, Heyman doesn’t rule out a comeback to the Octagon at some point given the right circumstances and challenges.
“I think what’s next for Brock Lesnar besides what’s happening in WWE, could it be UFC? Could it be another sport? I think it’s something that he’s going to look at and say ‘I bet no one thinks I can do that. All right, I’m going to conquer that’,” Heyman said.
“Besides obviously the greatest payday of his life, it’s the same thing that’s motivating [Conor] McGregor into wanting to fight [Floyd] Mayweather because … I’d have to say a great deal (is obviously) the lure of the enormous payday but a lot of it (is also) the lure of ‘you know what people don’t think I can (beat Mayweather) … and I can!”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/27/2017.