UFC Champ Brock Lesnar on Illness: It Was “A Good Thing”

Written by Tim Ngo
June 23rd, 2010

It may be strange to hear that a life/career threatening bout with diverticulitis would be considered beneficial, but UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar believes that it may have been a blessing in disguise.

“I think the setback for me actually has been a good thing because it allowed me to sit back and really focus on my diet, the way I trained,” said Lesnar. “I brought some different things to the table.

“Things were getting a little stagnant, just to change things up and take a new approach on how can I become better, how can I get better.”

One thing Lesnar did that caught a lot of people’s attention was bring in former heavyweight and 205-pound champion Randy Couture to help during his training camp.

“I’ve been surrounded by greatness I believe, and that’s what you have to do,” the champ stated.

A few other changes were made by the already dominant title holder. He brought in a new strength and conditioning coach as well as boxing guru Peter Welch, who has also worked with UFC lightweight Kenny Florian.

Something that may have also changed in Lesnar was his outlook on life. During yesterday’s UFC 116 conference call the former pro wrestler seemed a lot more friendly to the media, outside of this gem.

“No, I still dislike all of you,” Lesnar replied.

Lesnar will defend his heavyweight title against current interim champ Shane Carwin at UFC 116 on July 3rd.

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