Frank Mir: Lesnar’s Health Derailed His Octagon Success


Frank Mir’s biggest adversary in the octagon was Brock Lesnar. The lack of respect portrayed throughout their history is well-documented.

Frank Mir recently talked about his former rival with the NY Post. He explained what he believes Lesnar’s career could have been without his affliction with diverticulitis.


“Honestly, I think the guy got so ill, he just couldn’t handle it anymore. He had to leave or his quality of life wouldn’t have been normal.”

“We didn’t get to see the Brock I fought. Had he not been ill, things would have been different.”

After retiring from the UFC, Lesnar went back to his roots and joined the WWE. It is known that the UFC tried to have Lesnar back in the octagon to compete against legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in a massive card planned for display at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Due to conflicts with Fedor and the Passing of his father, he declined the fight. Lesnar then decided that he would stay retired from mixed martial arts.

Do you think this was the right move for Lesnar? Should he have returned to the Octagon for at least one more bout? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Evan Stoumbelis

    I agree with Mir, Lesnar lost a lot of time while he was in the hospital. I suppose he’s probably just thankful he is better and doesn’t have to continually deal with it. I’m glad he’s done with the UFC, his body couldn’t take much more punishment, you saw how he crumpled when Alistair hit him in the body.

    • Seriously. I know what it’s like to have that kind of abdominal pain and I can only imagine what being hit the way he was must have felt like. He’s a tough dude. Much respect but yeah if he wants to live a longer healthier life no one can blame him for that. He’ll be missed though 🙂

      • Evan Stoumbelis

        Yes he will, he had some memorable moments in the Octagon. I would’ve liked to see him fight Fedor when Brock was in his prime.

  • Lorena

    A fighters health should always come first and I think Brock made a wise decision to retire from the UFC. He knew in his heart that his body was not 100% and being healthy for his family should be a priority. Best of luck Lesnar and see ya in the WWE!!

  • Brock can do whatever he wants I bet he could do both wrestle for wwe and still fight in the ufc but he did have an illness and he is getting older so maybe going back to his wrestling roots would be a better decision now and for his future ahead of him.