On Thursday, the UFC and Brock Lesnar announced that the former heavyweight champion will not fight Junior Dos Santos at UFC 131 due to Lesnar suffering from another bout of diverticulitis according to UFC.com. Lesnar is facing the possibility of needing intestinal surgery or battling this physical ailment for the rest of his life with dieting and antibiotics. Unfortunately, since he first fell ill to this ailment in 2009, Lesnar has followed a strict diet and lifestyle overhaul. Despite the major changes, the diverticulitis came back over the last few months.
Lesnar stated in a media conference call on Thursday that the return of diverticulitis has prevented him from training to his potential and has worn him out. This health condition could plague him for the rest of his life which means that his UFC career is much in doubt despite his vow of returning.
If Lesnar is forced to retire from MMA, a return to the WWE is very possible. Lesnar left the WWE in 2004 for various reasons which included the lifestyle and travel schedule. However, the WWE has changed since then.
By 2006, the WWE has implemented a Wellness Program which educates, prevents, and punishes those who abuse PEDs and other drugs. By 2009, the WWE changed its programming over to a PG rating which has caused a decrease in violence, vulgarities, and perversion. All qualities that were prevalent back in 2004.
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Perhaps the biggest factor in a potential WWE return is WWE’s willingness to lighten Lesnar’s workload and travel schedule. Before HBK retired last year, he was on a reduced schedule. HHH and the Undertaker have been on reduced schedules over the last few years. And perhaps the biggest example of a reduced workload is the return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who appears occasionally and won’t wrestle until WrestleMania 28 in 2012.
Lesnar has become a mainstream star and a light wrestling workload, filled with sporadic appearances and the occasional match, could be the perfect scenario for Lesnar in a post-MMA life.
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