Time away from the cage, while no part was easy dealt with, has helped former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Since recovering from complications with diverticulitis for a second time, Lesnar says he’s been able to put time in the gym and focus on things that are going to make him a better fighter.
The 265-pound Minnesotan appears to have taken the positive out of being sidelined with a horrible condition.
“I’ve had plenty of time to train,” Lesnar said on Monday, while addressing the media on a conference call. “I’ve been able to work on a lot of different things.”
Dec. 30 marks the date for Lesnar’s return to the Octagon. That night he’ll face former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem in the main event at UFC 141.
The build-up to the fight advertises a battle between two physically imposing athletes, and certainly makes for some pre-fight buzz on the Internet. Social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and countless forums drum mumblings of anticipation, but that’s not to say people don’t criticize Lesnar and his pending opponent.
Recent speculation as to whether Overeem uses banned substances has been a hot topic among MMA regulars on the World Wide Web. Overeem addresses that speculation the best way he knows how, but Lesnar says he’s used to it because it’s part of being in the spotlight. The former WWE Superstar’s method of handling such Internet chatter is to simply stay away from cyberspace.
There are other – presumably more important – things Lesnar focuses on, especially this time of year.
“I’ve pretty much centralized myself with my family and on my ranch,” Lesnar said when asked if staying offline is helpful. “I’m focused on my fight, my family, and the holidays, and trying to live a somewhat normal life, other than being a UFC fighter.
“You (have to) be able to manage everything and stay on top of what’s most important – the fight, my family, and the holidays.”
As much as he stays away from Internet hype, one thing that Lesnar cannot ignore is the competitive nature of the UFC heavyweight division. The talent pool seems deeper, more balanced, and diverse than it’s been in recent memory. Lesnar recognizes this and ups his competitive nature in turn. This allows him to compete at his highest level and focus on one of the only things he says he can control: beating Alistair Overeem on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.
“This is a dog-eat-dog division. It’s definitely getting more competitive, so I (have to) be more competitive,” he said. “I’m going to go out there and do my best to win this fight. That’s really all I can try to control.”