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Humbled Lesnar returns to UFC spotlight

As recently as early January, Brock Lesnar was convinced he needed surgery to deal with a case of diverticulitis – a condition that essentially left a hole in his intestine and put his career as Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title holder in jeopardy. He might be out a year. Or it might be two. Or it might be forever.

Instead, a series of doctor’s visits and tests have revealed what both Lesnar and UFC president Dana White described as a “miracle.” The big guy is healed and ready to return to the Octagon this summer, probably against the winner of the fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin in March.

“Let’s be clear, I’m still the heavyweight champion,” Lesnar growled, in trademark fashion, on ESPN on Wednesday morning.

There couldn’t be better news for the UFC and fans of mixed martial arts. Lesnar isn’t just apparently well again (although really, who knows if there could be a setback or another episode), but his return to fighting brings back the sports’ biggest box office star.

Lesnar, 32, is a polarizing figure – or was until he got sick. You either loved his in-your-face ways or wanted someone to punch him in his face because of it. You were either one of the new fans that Lesnar drew in, perhaps from his days as a professional wrestler, or you resented them.

Either way, Lesnar was difficult to shift your eyes away from. A huge man who needs to cut weight to make the 265-pound limit, he was growing as a fighter and an intimidator during his brief career. His fights were thrilling and he headlined the hugely successful UFC 100, which did a reported 1.6 million pay per view buys.

His postfight tirade after his dominating victory over Mir at UFC 100, complete with flipping off the crowd and cussing out UFC sponsors, made him a tour de force. It didn’t mesh with his private life as a blue-collar, down home guy from South Dakota and Minnesota, yet Lesnar had learned how to sell fights during his days in the WWE.

The truth was, he just wanted to hang out in the woods with his family and emerge a couple times a year to beat the heck out of someone. And now, it seems, he can again.

“The doctors were dumbfounded,” Lesnar said. “They couldn’t find any signs of trouble.”

This was a long way from the fall, when illness and weakness caused Lesnar to sit out almost three weeks of training camp as he prepared to fight Carwin in a bout scheduled for November in Las Vegas. When I visited his training camp in October, he complained of being “dead in the ass.” Within weeks he couldn’t work out at all and when doctors couldn’t figure out the medical issue, Lesnar dropped out of the fight.

In an effort to fight depression, he went hunting in Canada where he had a painful diverticulitis attack.

“I felt like I got shot in the gut,” he said.

He wasn’t excited about his Canadian medical care, comparing it to “a third world country” where he couldn’t get any treatment. Finally Lesnar’s wife, Rena (better known as former pro wrestling star Sable), sprung him from the hospital, loaded him into a car and while Lesnar writhed in pain, drove “100 miles an hour” across the border and into North Dakota. He wound up MedCenter One, a hospital in Bismarck, N.D. There doctors were patient, didn’t immediately perform surgery and slowly nursed him back to some form of health.

“My wife saved my life,” he said.

Still, when he returned to the farm he owns outside Alexandria, Minn. he was down 40 pounds and facing an uncertain future. He got a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and heard the same thing – surgery. He changed his diet. He said he put his mind to healing. Dana White claimed Lesnar tried some holistic healing procedures. He began light workouts and focused on regaining some of his weight.

By the time Lesnar visited a doctor on January 5, he not only felt better, medical tests couldn’t find a problem. He kept returning for more and more tests. “Four of five different opinions,” Lesnar said, including one on Tuesday.

And now he’s focused on the future – returning to a sport where he found the peace of mind and quality of life that he’d been seeking since bailing on a multi-million dollar contract with the WWE.

“The doctor said, ‘You’ve got a lottery ticket,’ ” White said on ESPN.

Lesnar appeared fully aware of his good fortune. There is simply no way to know how long it will last or whether he is truly “healed.” A man built on bullying others inside the Octagon wore a look of fear as he described his recent medical journey and humility at his prognosis.

“I’ve got a different take on life,” Lesnar said. “When you have everything taken away, when you lay helplessly on a hospital bed … I’ve always been in control. For me to sit there for 30 days and not have control of anything … “

He went on to thank his wife, with whom he recently had a son. And his doctors. And the UFC. And anyone who thought of him while he was sick.

The powerhouse of a man who fans learned to hate because of his gruff ways at least sounded like a new guy.

Stands to reason, he’ll be just as wicked inside that Octagon though.

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Added: Jan-21-2010 Occurred On: Jan-21-2010
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  • Love his abilities, but sometimes we all need a "Humbling" to step back and reflect. Hopefully he will be back to destroying everyone he meets.

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  • Awesome! once he figures out how to avoid Ju Jitsu submissions this guy will be unstoppable. And if it ever came down to Fedor vs Lesnar I wouldn't be surprised if Fedor loses.

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  • Why are there always probs with the Ufc elite fighters? They are always getting sick, going into movies, dying, going to the olympics, retiring, etc. Sounds like Dana isn't paying and these guys are squirming out of their contracts.

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  • They need to create a new weight class for this beast.

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    • All they could do is cut the HW limit down to exclude him, and he could still make weight. His long successful career in collegiate wrestling gives him the ability to dump weight.

      It's not his size that makes him dominant anyway, it's his athleticism. You know his vertical is only a few inches less than Michael Jordan's? He's got a 10 foot standing long-jump. And runs the 40 almost as fast as Justin Gatlin?

      There are plenty of meat-heads his size. If size was all it took, they'd be in there to More..

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    • Yeah,He is moving that weight like a 155 pounder,It's quite amazing.

      I hope he recovers well because he is very intresting too watch and he always brings it.

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    • From what they've been saying, he's 100% now. He just has some weight to put back on (he's already put most of it back on). What we've seen of him before was the sick-Lesnar. I guess because he's a rural Ted Nugent type, his diet has always been just meat, he's choking down veggies now and he's in top form.

      Can't wait till the fight this summer.

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  • im going for Mir.

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  • Something wicked this way cometh!

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  • Give fights, last few UFC's have been kinda plain with few nice suprise matches. I hate to say it but i would love to see some hype match like Lesnar for change. Also need some Spider Silva action feed the spider! ;p

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  • diverticulitis is nasty shit, u can't eat anything with seeds in it or the shit gets trapped in ur gut and starts to Rot. Massive pain. They say I got it but it hasn't kicked in yet.

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    • That seed thing is an old wives tale. My Indian doctor told me I could never eat tomato seeds ever again but I'm a Mexican food addict and couldn't give up the salsa. There is peer reviewed literature that states there is no substantial increase in acute diverticulitis because of nut and seed intake. Believe who you want and eat accordingly.

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    • Ya, I've had no issues myself, and I eat everything. My mom though has had at least 5 visits to the hospital with multiple days visits. She doesn't touch anything with seeds. I guess it all depends on how bad u got it. I'm sure I'll pay 4 it too sooner or later. I guess it's Hereditary.

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    • I try to eat as well as I can within reason, but I go on high fiber binges for about a week once every other month to clean the pipes and I've had no recurrences. I can't be around anyone during that time but it keeps me healthy. LOL Farting is fun!

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  • I don't believe that his colon was actually perforated. If you get fecal matter and the nasty slurry of stuff that builds up during the infection, released into your body cavity, you will die without an operation. There is no option. If he was like me, he writhed around in pain for a few weeks after not crapping for a month, went to the doctor to find out what the hell was going on, and eventually sh!t out the nastiest soup of 3 or 4 week old food and lime green puss and mucus that you have ever More..

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    • Edf, nice post.

      I'm curious to know, when did you realize you had diverticulitis, was it being stopped up, or did you start puking???

      Just asking because this thing with Brock has a lot of drama, I just want your input if his symptoms were like yours.

      Glad to hear you're better and doing well :)

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    • I didn't know what it was. I just stopped pooping. No over the counter medicine would help. After about two weeks, I started getting general body aches and then bad stomach cramps. I fought it off for about another week and a half before going to a chain clinic. When the doc couldn't find any obstruction through the physical exam, she ordered some tests. Luckily they didn't ask me if I had insurance before they did an exam and ordered the CT scan. She was kinda peeved when she found out but I pa More..

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    • Yeah peritonitis will kill you fast. I don't see how it could be a conspiracy though, makes no sense. His diagnosis was corroborated by several physicians, including some of the best in the world. He was going to have to have a temporary colostomy bag (for years), which would have ended his career.

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    • Was the rupture diagnosed or just the diverticulitis? I don't know any doctor worth the paper his diploma is printed on that wouldn't open someone up to at least clean up the mess if it were known that the bowel was compromised. And from the way Brock was describing the whole transgression of events, I don't think he has a full grasp on the difference between diverticulosis, diverticulitis, and a ruptured bowel. On top of that, you can have surgery to remove diverticula without needing a colosto More..

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  • he got sick because of all the steroids he used. young dudes out there stay away from roids, ull have side effects just like this Muppet.

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  • Sure sounds like a publicity stunt. Oh yeah, he was in the WWE wasn't he? Enough said.

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  • you should also see that he said canadian health care is crap and that if it weren't for american health care, they would have cut out half of his intestines in canada. it also took too long for him to see a doctor. shit on you canada and your perfect health care.

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  • even Brock thinks Canada healthcare sucks.

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  • good news. Now lets get him back to making Mirs face look like ground beef again.

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