Michael Jordan announced his return to the NBA in March of 1995 with a pithy press release stating, “I’m Back.” On Thursday morning, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar used similar verbiage to proclaim his comeback to mixed martial arts, but with a much more violent twist.
In a YouTube video sponsored by Fusion Ammunition, Lesnar is seen lighting up countless prairie dogs with a semi-automatic weapon. In between “disintegrating” his targets, Lesnar stated he’s finally in good health following a life-changing operation.
“Recently, I went under the knife and had surgery for my diverticulitis,” said Lesnar. “I feel like a new man. I feel great, healthy, strong. I feel like I used to feel.”
According to Fusion’s official press release, Lesnar had a foot of his colon removed on May 26th at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After a brief hospital stay, the 34-year-old went to his farm in Canada where he has since been recovering.
Although the former WWE superstar didn’t pinpoint a specific return date, he claims his eyes are set squarely on the prize.
“Right now, one day at a time for me,” Lesnar expressed. “I still believe there’s a bright future in the UFC for me. My health is 100 percent. I feel great. My motivation is there and I want to get on the map again.
“I want to become the UFC heavyweight champion again and I believe I will do that.”
After serving as coach on “The Ultimate Fighter 13,” Lesnar was scheduled to headline UFC 131 opposite Junior dos Santos this past June. Unfortunately for the controversial 265-pounder, his case of diverticulitis returned and he was forced to withdraw from the top contender contest at the 11th hour.
Lesnar was last seen getting mauled by Cain Velasquez for his heavyweight title at UFC 121 in October of 2010. He holds a 5-2 MMA record, but four of his scraps have been of the championship variety.
The news couldn’t have come at a better time for the UFC. The planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is expected to announce a watershed television deal with FOX this morning.
Please click the media player below to watch Lesnar’s shooting exhibition/comeback speech: