At 100% health, no fighter could have touched Brock
Lesnar - 14th August 2014
Lesnar might still be UFC champion if he had fought
hard to imagine a single fighter with only eight professional
fights having the kind of impact that Brock Lesnar
did in his short stint with the UFC, but even now
-- nearly three years after his retirement -- his
name alone still attracts attention.
came in like a hurricane and, following a tough loss
in his UFC debut, he bounced back to win his next
four fights in a row and as unbelievable as it may
sound now, also became the UFC heavyweight champion.
He defended the belt on two occasions, but despite
his massive 6-foot-3 frame and muscles cascading down
his body like it was chiseled out of stone, inside
Lesnar was falling apart.
was eroding Lesnar's intestines and it cost him over
two years of his UFC career, but it really took even
more away from the former champion considering all
the times he fought when he wasn't aware the disease
was already working against him. Following his first
battle with the intestinal ailment, Lesnar fell to
current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, but
truth be told that wasn't the same fighter who took
out Frank Mir and Randy Couture in the span of eight
even the version of Lesnar that took out those two
UFC legends wasn't the best he could have been at
think with all due respect to the rest of the division,
I think Cain Velasquez is by far the most dominant
heavyweight in UFC today," Paul Heyman, Lesnar's
longtime friend and on-air WWE advocate, told FOX
Sports recently. "As a champion, I think he's
a noteworthy champion because I think he's going to
clean out the entire division. That being said, Cain
Velasquez stepped in the cage with Junior Dos Santos
when Cain wasn't at 100 percent and he got knocked
out in under 90 seconds. If that's not a demonstration
of what happens when you enter the Octagon at less
than 100 percent, I don't know what is. Brock Lesnar
entered the Octagon against these people, Shane Carwin,
even against Randy Couture, against Frank Mir, against
Alistair Overeem, against Cain Velasquez at far less
than 100 percent.
you saw him do, he did as an unhealthy man competing
at the very top level on the face of the planet. Imagine
what he could have done if he was 100-percent healthy."
has been working with Lesnar for more than a decade
and was beside him when he first debuted in the WWE,
which is also discussed in the wrestling veteran's
new video biography titled "Ladies and Gentlemen,
My Name is Paul Heyman." Very few people know
Lesnar as well as Heyman does, which is why he knows
for a fact what the former UFC champion was dealing
with during his entire career with the promotion.
fact is, according to Heyman, Lesnar never stepped
foot in the UFC Octagon as a fully healthy athlete.
While it was the diagnosis of diverticulitis that
ultimately brought his career to an end, the disease
was eating away at him long before his body collapsed
under the weight of it all years later.
Lesnar had been healthy for his entire UFC career,
he might still be standing as the heavyweight champion
and potentially the greatest heavyweight to ever walk
"If Brock Lesnar ever fought healthy in the UFC,
I don't see any fighter that could have touched him,"
Lesnar with Paul Heyman
The good news is since leaving the UFC and returning
to his roots in professional wrestling as one of the
biggest stars on the WWE roster, Lesnar has been free
of any side effects of the diverticulitis that crippled
him for more than two years while competing in the
working on his farm in his free time and this Sunday,
Lesnar will face John Cena for the WWE heavyweight
title at Summerslam
airing on pay-per-view and the
feels great," Heyman said. "He's healthy.
His body is not spending so much energy fighting off
diverticulitis. He's healthy for the first time in
years and I think his potential is limitless. He's
a once-in-a-lifetime athlete. This is Jim Thorpe,
Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Gordie Howe, Wayne
Gretzky, this is a once-in-a-lifetime athlete."
his health restored, Lesnar is also becoming even
better in his work as a pro wrestler. He originally
transitioned to the WWE after winning the NCAA championship
in wrestling as a member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Eventually, Lesnar's athletic pursuits took him to
professional football and then the UFC before he returned
home to the WWE.
as he stands on the cusp of facing one of the biggest
icons in WWE history this weekend, Lesnar is finally
poised to reclaim the glory time and disease nearly
took from him.
the scary thing is he's only getting better.
think the true, dominant nature of Brock Lesnar is
just starting to emerge in WWE," Heyman said.
"When Brock and I were first presented on television
together in 2002, he was the hottest rookie WWE had
ever seen. Five months into his rookie year, he beats
The Rock for the WWE title. He went through the entire
roster, but still he was someone new.
he brings outside sports entertainment credibility
with him. I think if you look back at his body of
work in the past 15 years, in 15 years he's won the
NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling championship,
he's won the WWE title, he won the UFC title from
the greatest heavyweight the UFC ever had in Randy
Couture, and now he comes back to WWE and he gets
the victory that no other man could possibly have.
Titles are transitory, an era will begin and end at
Wrestlemania, but only one man beat the streak. That
was the biggest victory anybody could attain in WWE.
To beat the streak, to beat the Undertaker, it was
a quarter century in the making."
Lesnar is the biggest star in WWE once again just
like he was the biggest star in the UFC for the few
years he was fighting. It's clear this is just a special
kind of athlete and a special kind of superstar, often
imitated, but never duplicated and maybe there will
never be another like him again.
Lesnar is the single biggest attraction WWE has and
rightfully so -- because he can carry it," Heyman
said. "This is not someone who comes along except
once in a generation."
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