Brock Lesnar Opens About UFC Comeback, Will Fight Mark Hunt
Lesnar hasn't fought in the UFC since 2011, after a disease called diverticulitis cut his MMA career short. Now, as a member of the WWE's roster, he's back -- at least, for one more fight -- who, he reveals, will be veteran heavyweight Mark Hunt -- who last fought in March, knocking out fellow veteran Frank Mir.
Lesnar says he's been unable to stop thinking about the UFC, since leaving and returning to the WWE... which is why he chose to attempt a comeback.
"I couldn't live with that decision," he said on SportsCenter. "I'm a big believer in living out your dreams and facing your fears and facing the reality of, I don't want to be sitting 20 years from now saying, 'You know what, son? You should have went and did that.'"
Lesnar goes on to say that he approached the UFC for a comeback fight, and not the other way around. "This was me sitting having a cup of coffee at my farm in Canada and waking up every month and feeling this feeling of, 'Was that the right decision?' I didn't even tell my wife. I told nobody. This thing haunted me on the inside for a long time. I thought if I was in the WWE, I could still have these feelings in the ring, but the true competitor inside of me is still alive and well. I have to do this."
In Lesnar's MMA career, which spanned from 2007 to 2011, he went 5-3 and finished with consecutive losses to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem. Apparently, he felt he wasn't at his best during his peak in the UFC.
"At the top of my career, I wasn't at the top of my game," Lesnar explained. "I felt like I was cheated out of my career in the UFC. I didn't lose. In my mind and in my heart, I never lost to a foe. I lost to my diverticulitis. That was my opponent who beat me. Other people may have other thoughts and say other things about the way I performed. My performance was due to the illness. I’m sitting here today, I feel 1000 percent. I wouldn’t get in the Octagon if I didn’t. I’m not a second guesser. The only thing I second guessed was my decision of stepping away from the Octagon. I know it’s been a long time but I feel great. I don’t have to fake it. I’m not faking it and telling anybody that ‘I’m in the greatest shape of my life.’ This is for real. I’m so excited and I’m glad with my decision."
As for choosing UFC 200, Lesnar says it's the perfect time to make his UFC comeback. "I was on UFC 100," he said, referencing his July 2009 fight with Mir, "so why not be on UFC 200?"
UFC 200 takes place on July 9 in Las Vegas.