The L.A. Times are the lucky media outlet to score a rare interview with one of the biggest stars in pro wrestling. Lesnar is doing select media for SummerSlam and while his match with CM Punk is what he is out there promoting, it should not be surprising to read any conversation with the former champion bleed into the UFC.
Lesnar is one of the most fascinating stories in combat sports. Lesnar went from pro wrestling to the UFC with very little MMA training and became the UFC champion in just three fights. Even more impressive is that Lesnar went on to become the biggest draw in UFC history. Three of Lesnar’s fights currently rank in the top five biggest drawing fights in UFC history and appear in no danger of being challenged.
What is even more unique about Lesnar is that he walked away as the top draw in the UFC. After being throttled by Alistair Overeem and going 0-2 for the first time in MMA, Lesnar left. Lesnar has flirted with returning on a few occasions but don’t hold your breath waiting for the former champion to return to fighting. Lesnar has closed that chapter for good.
“You’ve always got that part in your mind,” Lesnar said. “I do miss it, but I’ve got to keep myself in check. What I went through the last few years was quite traumatic, not being able to fight like I wanted. I got back on the horse way too soon. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.
“That chapter in my life has come to closure, and I’m comfortable with it.”
Lesnar was able to beat diverticulitis once and make a return to fighting. Unfortunately a second round was just too much for the former WWE, UFC, and NCAA champion.
“I’ve never really sat and pondered about what I could’ve done differently or how things could’ve been, but I wasn’t the same guy. Now I feel great; there’s days I think I can get back into the octagon and be the same human being I was before. But I’m on another chapter.”
It is fascinating to see a guy like Lesnar who could walk back into the UFC tomorrow and make more money fighting than he could doing pro wrestling and say no. Will Lesnar truly stay away from the octagon? I do think he’s done. I think he would have came back now for one last fight and payday if he was ever going to fight again. Who knows what his future holds but I am fairly confident we have seen the last of him fighting in the UFC.
But will it be the last time we see him in the UFC? I’d really be shocked not to see him back in some form in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I think at some point FOX Sports is going to make him a big money deal to come back as announcer. He worked previously as a UFC analyst for FOX and really didn’t do that bad at all. I think he’d be a natural.
Check out the entire interview here. It’s a short one but always interesting to hear from Brock.
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