Earlier this year there was heavy speculation as to whether or not former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar would return to the UFC when his contract with the WWE expired.
Lesnar, who ultimately re-signed with the WWE, hadn’t fought in the octagon since December of 2011, where he suffered a quick TKO loss to Alistair Overeem and subsequently retired due to his bout with diverticulitis.
The former champ discussed his UFC career and how it was cut short due to illness during a recent interview on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s 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 getting back in the Octagon. I started training camp. I wanted to test myself and see where I was — not more physical, but mentally. 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. It was really unfair for me. 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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