Brock Lesnar was the biggest thing to hit the UFC since Royce Gracie, winning the UFC heavyweight championship, undergoing surgery to remove nearly a foot of his colon to treat diverticulitis and going 4-3 before retiring and returning to the WWE.
The journey was just one part of long, strange trip from 2000 NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion to WWE stardom to a training-camp experience to UFC champion to a return to the current stint at the WWE.
Since his retirement Lesnar's health has improved; an obvious question is, did Lesnar retire prematurely?
"You've always got that part in your mind," Lesnar told the LA Times' Lance Pugmire. "I do miss it, but I've got to keep myself in check. What I went through the last few years was quite traumatic, not being able to fight like I wanted. I got back on the horse way too soon. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.
"That chapter in my life has come to closure, and I'm comfortable with it."
"I've never really sat and pondered about what I could've done differently or how things could've been, but I wasn't the same guy. Now I feel great; there's days I think I can get back into the Octagon and be the same human being I was before. But I'm on another chapter."
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