At the start of this year it looked like there was a real chance that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was going to return to the sport, but after signing a new contract with the WWE instead many were left wondering whether he was just playing both organizations off against each other to get a better deal with the pro-wrestling outfit.
However, in a new interview on the ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin Podcast, the 38 year-old Lesnar says “it wasn’t a bluff” and confirms that he was seriously considering fighting again.
“I’m at home, I’m working out, my life is great, everything’s in tune, my contract’s coming to an end with WWE, hey it’s been a great time but something’s missing,” Lesnar recalls. “I was up front and totally honest with the company and told them I’m really thinking of pursuing getting back in the Octagon.”
In fact, Lesnar went as far as to undergo a training camp to see if he was ready to return to the Octagon.
“I started training camp. I wanted to test myself and see where I was…not more physical, but mentally. I wanted to see the mental challenges that it was going to take. If your head’s not in the game, the last place you want to get into is in the Octagon.”
In the end it seems he wasn’t convinced and decided to stick with the WWE, but if things were different and Lesnar hadn’t been struck down with Diverticultis during his first UFC run he thinks his career could have turned out differently and he may never have returned to the WWE.
“It was really unfair for me,” Lesnar said. “To this day, I don’t know if I’d be a pro wrestler if I hadn’t gotten sick. I may not be here. I’d still be banging heads.”