UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar battled back from a severe case of diverticulitis last year to reclaim his MMA career. Then, in his first fight back since dealing with the disease (almost a year exactly) Lesnar was forced to battle back against a determined Shane Carwin that had Lesnar absolutely beat down in the first round of their five round fight. Lesnar came roaring back in the second against a fatigued Carwin, and locked up an arm triangle choke that forced the challenger to tap. The champ recently made an appearance at the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition and reflected on battling both Carwin and diverticulitis in an interview with GNC TV.
“It was a comeback fight for me. I was in the hospital, I was out for a year,” Lesnar said of his bout with Carwin. “I had to readjust my diet, get more fiber in the system to kind of clean things up a little bit. The fight itself, it kind of climaxed to a point where–I got my butt beat down in the first period and I had to make a comeback to win; that was my story for the whole year.”
By his own admission, Lesnar used to adhere to a very meat and protein heavy diet; neglecting to acknowledge the important roles that fiber, vegetables and overall balance play in one’s daily food intake. Since that near career-ending bout with the intestinal attacking disease, Lesnar has cleaned up his diet to prolong his tenure as a competitor.
“Before I would just take whatever,” Lesnar said of his supplement and food intake prior to diverticulitis. “[Diverticulitis] made me take a step back and peel things open a little bit…and do more research; understand my body and understand what I need and when I need it.”
Lesnar is currently scheduled to take on hungry challenger Cain Velasquez this October 23rd at UFC 121, which will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.