This Brock Lesnar (pictured) returning to the UFC chatter simply won’t die down. Mainly because UFC president Dana White keeps dousing fuel onto the fire.
Does White continue to play coy about Lesnar just to build up his comeback, or is he simply being a promoter by dragging this thing out knowing the 36-year-old is done with real fighting because it’s good for business to keep Lesnar’s name in the mix?
White dangled the latest carrot in front of our eyes Wednesday night.
“Do we talk? Yeah, me and Brock talk,” White shared after the UFC Fight Night 35 post-fight press confernece. “I said recently [Brock] said he has some regrets with MMA because he wasn’t healthy, because he was going through those stomach problems the whole time he was here. So he has regrets.
“He told me he thinks, ‘A Brock Lesnar who was 100 percent could have done much better.’ I told him, ‘You’re out of your f****** mind. You came in here with one fight, and you became the heavyweight champion.’”
Lesnar hung up his MMA gloves after getting TKO’d by Alistair Overeem over two years ago at UFC 141. He left the game with a 5-3 professional record, with all but one of his scraps coming inside the big leagues.
Four of Lesnar’s seven UFC fights were of the championship variety.
Despite the elite level of competition he was facing inside the cage, Lesnar battled diverticulitis outside of it throughout his brief stint in the UFC. The illness not only nearly cost him his life, but affected his diet, training and overall lifestyle. Perhaps that’s why Lesnar continues to ponder what could have been.
“It was fun having Brock here. He has some regrets, and would he like to fight again? I’m sure he would. So we’ll see how this whole thing plays out. It’s definitely a possibility,” White said in closing.