The former heavyweight champ appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Monday to confirm he’s returning to the Octagon on July 9th, and that he’ll scrap Mark Hunt. On Saturday, it was announced that Lesnar was indeed coming back to the UFC, but the wrestler’s opponent wasn’t disclosed. The news blazed across the MMA world since Lesnar is currently under contract with the WWE, and as noted above, he said in the past his fighting days were done.
Well, during the aforementioned interview, the 38 year-old, powerhouse had this to say about his decision to fight again (quote via UFC.com):
“The true competitor in me is still alive and well, and I had to do this,” Lesnar said.
“I couldn’t live with that decision,” Lesnar relayed to Hannah Storm, while discussing his retirement from MMA. “It was a hard decision to make, and that decision has haunted me. I couldn’t live with that decision for the rest of my life. I’m a big believer in living out your dreams and facing your fears and facing the reality of I don’t want to be sitting 20 years from now, saying ‘You know what son, you should have went and did that. And here I am.”
Lesnar also cited his well documented, bout with diverticulitis, which derailed his MMA career before, as to why he had to give fighting another go. Lesnar believes his losses to the likes of Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem came as a result of the disease. So, now that he’s healthy again, Lesnar couldn’t stick with retirement. Fair enough right?
Now the MMA world will wait to see how things go down at UFC 200. As we all know, Hunt can end any man’s night with just one shot. So if Lesnar scores a victory, you would think he’ll be fighting again no?
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.