Healthy Lesnar on the hunt for UFC title
August, 18, 2011
By Franklin McNeil
Josh Hedges/Getty ImagesCall to arms: Brock Lesnar is ready to serve his legion of fans again.Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar said via Twitter on Thursday that he is healthy again and looks forward to regaining his title.
Lesnar first made the announcement Wednesday during a YouTube video, in which he is seen firing a rifle at prairie dogs in North Dakota.
“Recently, I went under the knife and had surgery for my diverticulitis,” Lesnar said. “I feel like a new man. I feel great, healthy [and] strong.
“I feel like I used to feel.”
In the video, Lesnar looks to be in top physical condition and displays a lot of energy.
If Lesnar can bring that high-energy level into the cage again, he will be a very difficult out for any UFC heavyweight. The only issue, of course, will be how much has his standup game improved.
Lesnar did not address that matter.
“Right now, [it’s] one day at a time for me,” Lesnar said. “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.”
AP Photo/Jae C. HongBrock Lesnar's last time out in the Octagon was a slugfest with Cain Velasquez.
It is not known when Lesnar (5-2-0) will return to the Octagon, but an official announcement is expected to be made Thursday during a news conference.
Lesnar won the heavyweight title in just his third UFC bout, stopping Randy Couture in two rounds on Nov. 15, 2008.
He would successfully defend the title twice, before losing it to Cain Velasquez in Oct. 2010.
Lesnar was scheduled to face Junior dos Santos in a heavyweight title eliminator on June 11 at UFC 131 but was forced to pull out of that bout on May 14 because of diverticulitis.
Shortly after withdrawing from the fight, Lesnar told ESPN.com, “I’ll tell you one thing: I’m not retiring. This isn’t the end of my career.”
It was the second time that Lesnar was forced to withdraw from a bout because of illness. Lesnar pulled out of a title fight with Shane Carwin in October 2009 after discovering he had both mononucleosis and diverticulitis.
He would defend his title against Carwin on July 3, 2010. Lesnar submitted Carwin in the second round.