Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will be making his MMA return at UFC 200 on July 9th in Las Vegas against Mark Hunt.
It would be his first fight in almost six years, after being stopped by Alistair Overeem via first round TKO in December 2011 at UFC 141. He has been retired from MMA competition since then.
Lesnar’s UFC return was an unexpected one, to say the least, with the announcement coming in right in the middle of the UFC 199 pay-per-view broadcast on Saturday night. But for the 38-year old professional wrestler, the decision to make one-off comeback was something he thought about thoroughly.
Lesnar told manager Paul Heyman (transcription by MMA Fighting), "I know how dangerous it is. It's a dangerous sport. I wouldn't put my health at risk for my family by no means. My head is in the game on this. I'm 100 percent all in. All in. No doubts in my mind. No doubt at all."
Brock attributes his losses to both Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem to his previous diverticulitis condition, stating that it prevented him from showing his full potential.
"I ended up getting beat by foes that in my mindset I should have never lost to. I lost to diverticulitis. I lost to Cain Velasquez. I lost to Alistair Overeem. I'm not here to avenge any loss other than to avenge the loss that I took to diverticulitis. I just want it."
"When I was inside the Octagon my last few fights, I believe I wasn't the man that I needed to be," Lesnar explained. "I was faking it. I was faking it to be in there. I was faking it that a disease was more powerful me -- I was faking that I was more powerful than it."