Former professional wrestler Brock Lesnar won the UFC heavyweight title by beating MMA legend Randy Couture after logging only three professional mixed martial arts fights. He went on to defend the belt twice, against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin, all while battling the serious intestinal disease diverticulitis. Now, coming off of another diverticulitis-prompted layoff, Lesnar is returning to action as healthy as ever, something he recently told longtime WWE collaborator Paul Heyman is a bad thing for the rest of the heavyweight division.
“I’m approaching this fight hungrier than I’ve ever been,” said Lesnar. “The things that I’ve accomplished with the sickness that I had is very remarkable. And nobody will know that except for me and the people that I surrounded myself by that saw me do the things that I did under the circumstances that I was given. I think now that I’m a healthy Brock Lesnar again, it’s bad for a lot of people.”
Lesnar will face former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem next month for his return to the Octagon, meeting his fellow behemoth on December 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in the main event of UFC 141. Lesnar told Heyman that he’s the guy standing between Overeem and UFC glory and that he’s looking to show by defeating The Reem that he’s still a force to be reckoned with.
“I don’t have a lot to say to Alistair Overeem. Here’s a guy that’s getting his chance to make his name in the UFC and, unfortunately for him, there’s a gatekeeper that stands in his way and that’s Brock Lesnar,” he said. “I will prove on that night that I am, once again and will always be, the baddest dude on the planet.”
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