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Let me get this straight, I am in no way claiming that I am not excited to see the return of Brock Lesnar this weekend at UFC 200.
Even though I won’t get my usual adrenaline spike when I hear the opening riff of ‘Enter Sandman’, according to reports that suggest he’ll enter the Octagon to his signature WWE theme, I admire the former heavyweight champion’s decision to return to the sport after a nearly five-year hiatus.
There is an unparalleled excitement that comes along with the WWE crossover athlete’s appearances under the UFC banner. His physique and sheer size are entities that some superheroes can’t even match. Of course, it was for that exact reason that his USADA exception was vehemently disparaged when it was first announced ahead of his return. Later, faith was slightly restored when it was reported that USADA tested Lesnar five times in two weeks.
It is not small part down to his physical prowess that every time he has taken to the Octagon it has been a memorable experience – win, lose, or draw.
After a year on the sidelines due to diverticulitis, Lesnar returned in July 2011 to put on one of his most impressive showcases. Meeting interim champion Shane Carwin, Lesnar unified the heavyweight titles with a second-round arm triangle over his fellow heavyweight goliath. Yet, after Carwin and continued suffering from diverticulitis, his form began to fail him as he took two losses to Alistair Overeem and Cain Velasquez.
On his media comeback trail, Lesnar has outlined his belief that he has overcome diverticulitis.
“I’m happy with everything,” he told Fox Sports. “Yes, since I left the Octagon after I got beat by Overeem and kind of forced out of the cage because of my illness, it haunted ….View full article