When Brock Lesnar debuted in the UFC in February 2008, he immediately became one of the biggest stars in the promotion. Events he headlined are among the biggest selling pay-per-views in the company’s history. Recently, there’s been chatter of a Lesnar return to mixed martial arts, and UFC president Dana White added to that speculation following UFC Fight Night 35 in Duluth, Ga., on Wednesday.
“Do we talk? Yeah, me and Brock talk,” said White. “I said recently that he’s said that he has some regrets with MMA because he wasn’t healthy because he was going through those stomach problems the whole time that he was here. So he has regrets.”
Lesnar won the heavyweight title in his third fight under the UFC banner, defeating UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture at UFC 91 in November 2008. He defended the belt twice, but his championship reign was marred with health problems. In October 2009, Lesnar was forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 106 fight against Shane Carwin due to illness. He was later diagnosed with diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder that required surgery. An interim title was created in his absence and Lesnar never regained the title. He retired from fighting in December 2011 after suffering back-to-back losses.
“He thinks a Brock Lesnar who is 100-percent could have done much better. I told him, you’re out of your (expletive) mind. You came in here with one fight and you became the heavyweight champion,” said the UFC president. “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.”
There’s no question that illness affected Lesnar’s physical abilities, and he’s left questioning what could have been.
“It’s interesting. He became the heavyweight champion with diverticulitis. What would he have done without it? And he was, from the first day that he fought in the UFC until his last fight, he was suffering from it,” said White. “He never felt right and just didn’t know why, and then it really hit him. So he feels like he was fighting here at 40-percent.”
Following his retirement from mixed martial arts, Lesnar returned to professional wrestling in April 2012. He’s currently under contract with the WWE and will be until at least 2015. He’ll be 38 years old then, making a return seem unlikely.
Asked if the WWE and the UFC could share Lesnar’s services, White answered, “You never know.”