"Me and Brock talk. I said recently Brock feels like ... he said he has some regrets with MMA because he wasn't healthy. He was going through those stomach problems the whole time he was here. So he has regrets."
The possibilities have mixed martial arts fans chomping at the bit. Speaking of those possibilities, here are the top five return fights Lesnar could get in the UFC.
5. Mark Hunt - Hunt is a super striker, one of the best in the business. He has a great chin, awesome technical stand up, and a ton of power in his hands. Further, he just engaged in one of the best fights of 2013 against Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot, ending in a draw. In this match up, we'd have a very popular fighter in Hunt going against one of the better box office draws ever in Lesnar. We'd also have a clear striker (Hunt) vs. grappler (Lesnar) bout, where Lesnar would get the chance to prove himself against someone who can easily knock him, or anyone out. And although Hunt's takedown defense has improved tremendously, he's still susceptible there.
4. Antonio Silva - Silva was the other guy in that now famous battle with Hunt. If he were to fight Lesnar, there would be little room in the cage. We're talking about two of the biggest heavyweights the UFC has ever seen. Silva's technical skills would test Lesnar, as he's technically strong in every facet of the game. Lesnar's athleticism would push Silva. And the size of these two would allow for a nice marketing angle.
3. Alistair Overeem - The last time that Lesnar fought in the Octagon, it was in a loss to Overeem. In that fight, Lesnar was beaten up badly on his feet and failed terribly in his takedown attempts. It's hard to imagine that the Lesnar we saw before diverticulitis would have been defeated so soundly. Thus, a rematch against an elite striker and athletic specimen like Overeem would garner a lot of attention. What's more, if Lesnar proved capable of putting the former Strikeforce champion on his back, it would leave the masses believing that the former UFC champ was indeed back.
2. Frank Mir - Mir submitted Lesnar. Then Lesnar ground and pounded his way to a victory over the submission artist, rubbing it in verbally after the match. Fact is, these two do not like one another, which would make for some drama; the pre-fight chatter would be something to behold. A trilogy- why not? Don't think for a second that the UFC wouldn't consider keeping Mir around if Lesnar wanted this fight, even if he does lose to Overeem at UFC 169.
1. Fedor Emelianenko - No, he's not in the UFC. Yes, he is retired. But don't think for a second that the UFC hasn't at least thought about making this fight happen in the here and now. If they did, it would probably be the biggest draw in UFC history. Is it a little bit past due? Absolutely. But Emelianenko is the best fighter in MMA heavyweight history. That said, he's past his prime. Which, by the way, will make this fight even more interesting considering Lesnar is no doubt rusty.
The forums wouldn't stop talking about the fight for the next several years. Heck, they talk about the possibility of it even now when nothing has been signed, nor ever has.
Make this one happen, Dana!Robert currently serves as the About.com Martial Arts Expert. His freelance martial arts articles have seen their way to the pages of MMAFighting.com, Fight! Magazine, MMAWeekly.com, ExtremeProSports.com, and SubmitToMMA.com.
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