Brock Lesnar's detractors can question his desire and commitment to compete in MMA all they want. The fact of the matter is that Lesnar could be doing a million other things with his time, but his passion for beating up other humans won't allow him to quit.
"It's going to be really good to be back in the Octagon," Lesnar told Heavy MMA in an interview during UFC 141 open workouts.
"When you go through something like I did, it's a life-changing experience," Lesnar said. "So I've been through a lot worse. Having to eat some broccoli and asparagus and cauliflower, I think I can live with that."
After having part of his colon removed to combat diverticulitis, Lesnar is set to return to UFC action for the first time since losing the UFC title to Cain Velasquez in October 2010. With a victory at Friday night's UFC 141, Lesnar would earn a chance to recapture that belt in a title fight against Junior dos Santos.
"This is a heavyweight title that's hard to hang on to." Lesnar said. "Obviously, my goal is to win against Alistair and face Junior dos Santos."
"This is my Octagon," Lesnar said. "I'm going to own that Octagon, and I think [Overeem] will soon discover that this is the big leagues."
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