UFC President Dana White originally stated that Lesnar’s return would be targeted for early 2012, and Lesnar recently released a video through his sponsor declaring that he was back to health and that he feels like a “new man.”
This video immediately sparked talk of when Lesnar would return to fighting. Some fueled the fire by claiming Lesnar would be facing former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem or have a rubber match against Frank Mir at UFC 140 this December.
However, multiple sources close to his camp tell a different story about the former champion’s condition. According to the sources, more than one doctor has informed Lesnar that he should no longer compete in the sport due to the stress that training and fighting puts on his body.
Could this mean that one of MMA’s biggest superstars will be retiring, rather than continuing his career? It’s not out of the realm of possibility. At the same time, could Lesnar ignore the doctors and fight anyway? Certainly. Regardless, the revelation does paint a gloomy picture of Lesnar’s future.
Even with a planned return to the cage in early 2012, according to one of the sources, Lesnar might even be warming to the idea of retirement. Certainly, Lesnar must be weighing the toll that a continued career would have on his long-term health. For Lesnar, the question could be, “Is it worth it?”
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