Brock Lesnar (pictured) fans who wanted to see their hero continue his MMA career can thank diverticulitis for its premature ending.
Lesnar came THIS close to leaving the WWE for the second time in favor of the UFC this past March, but the professional wrestling giant made him an “offer he couldn’t refuse.”
Some thought Lesnar was merely using the UFC as a ploy to increase his negotiating power with the WWE, but Lesnar claims he was dead serious about returning to the cage after “retiring” from MMA after getting blasted by Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in December 2011.
“It wasn’t a bluff,” Lesnar said on the “Stone Cold” Steve Austin podcast (via FoxSports.com). “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 pursuing getting back in the Octagon.”
Lesnar was diagnosed with diverticulitis in 2009, which is when pouches get inflamed in the wall of the colon, shortly after capturing the UFC heavyweight title. He was “miraculously” cured from the illness the following year, but it came back to sideline him again in 2011.
Lesnar defied all odds by transitioning from fake fighting to the real stuff by going 5-3 en route to capturing the UFC title in just his third outing for the promotion. Four of his seven UFC fights were of the championship variety.
Lesnar feels diverticulitis cut his MMA career short, and even at the age of 38 and a four-year hiatus, still thinks he’d be a major factor in MMA if he was able to compete today.
“It was really unfair for me,” Lesnar said. “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.”