Brock Lesnar’s health has been a major talking point in recent times since he was diagnosed with Diverticulitis, but after receiving surgery for the digestive tract disease, little has emerged about how his recovery has been going.
Fortunately MMAWeekly have now had an opportunity to speak to his head coach, Greg Nelson about the heavyweight champion’s condition, and the news seems positive.
“He’s feeling much better, but he’s still on the mend and not really doing any kind of major training,” Nelson reveals.
“he’s walking around and moving around. He’s not ready to jump into that cage, that’s for sure at this point. But he’s got his new baby, so it’s time for him to hang out with his son and his daughter, get some quality time on that end of life.”
Nelson also discussed how Lesnar might approach his training, if and when the time is right.
“He’ll probably start lifting weights to get his strength built up and do the exercise bike when he starts to get going, and shadowbox when he gets to feel better. But right now, he’s just taking the time to properly heal.”
Nelson admits that Lesnar has a strong urge to get back into training as soon as possible after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but realizes it may do him more harm than good.
“He’s real anxious of course, but that’s the worst thing you can do, is jump up and start going too quick and then break down again. It’s more of a burden for him to sit at home and not work out, but that’s the thing he has to do right now.”
So the early signs are good, but there’s still a long way to go before Lesnar will be back fighting in the octagon.
To put it into perspective, Franklin McNeil mentioned on MMA Live recently that he had heard rumors that the heavyweight might have lost as much as 50lbs during his illness.
UPDATE: Heavy.com is now reporting that the UFC is rumored to be targeting a possible July return for Lesnar. If true that’s about as quickly as good reasonably be expected.
At the same time it should be remembered that at best this is only tentative planning that may change at any stage dependent on how Lesnar’s health progresses in the coming months.