In an interview with the New York Post, UFC heavyweight Frank Mir says Brock Lesnar could have been a dominant champion, if not for the diverticulitis. Mir underwent surgery twice for the ailment, in 2009 and 2011, and Mir believes it left him a lesser fighter.
“Honestly, I think the guy got so ill, he just couldn’t do it anymore,”said Mir. “He had to leave or his quality of life wouldn’t have been normal.”
“We didn’t get to see the Brock I fought. Had he not been ill, things would have been different.”
UFC president Dana White said in January that last year he tried pulling Lesnar back for a massive fight with legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko that would have headlined a card at Cowboys Stadium. But Emelianenko’s father died during negotiations and he decided not to go through with it. White said that Lesnar then conceded “I’m done, too."
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