5 Reasons Brock Lesnar Should Retire
Although the former champ has stated that he is ready to return, themmacorner.com has reported that sources close to Lesnar’s camp said he has been advised by doctors not to continue training and fighting due to the amount of stress it puts on the body.
Lesnar has been MMA’s biggest draw since entering the sport in 2007.
Sadly though, Lesnar’s battle with the diverticulitis has put his career on hold twice.
If you don’t believe Lesnar should leave the sport, here are five reasons why he should.
He Is Not Evolving as a Fighter
Lesnar was very dominant in his first four fights in the UFC.
Even though Brock lost to Frank Mir in his first UFC fight, he dominated the fight up until he made a rookie mistake and got submitted.
Since Brock’s first bout with diverticulitis, he has not looked like the same fighter.
Brock has also never ventured outside of his own camp which is tailor made to accommodate him.
For Lesnar to be successful if he returns, he would have to evolve as an MMA fighter
He Does Not Need the Money
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Before Lesnar even stepped into the realm of MMA he had a successful wrestling career.
Lesnar was the top draw for the WWE and became the youngest WWE world heavyweight champion back in 2002.
Thanks to Lesnar already being known from his wrestling days, and the success he has had inside the Octagon, he has become the UFC’s biggest draw.
Lesnar is the highest paid fighter in MMA and thanks to the fact that he lives a simple life away from the public eye and other ventures he is involved in, he should be set financially for life.
Fighting Is Not Worth the Risk to His Body or Family
MMA, like any other contact sport, can put a ton of stress on the body.
Training for a fight is often most stressful than the fight itself and many fighters are often injured before they even step foot in the Octagon.
This would be Lesnar's second battle from an illness that could have taken his life.
Although it would make a great story to see Lesnar come back and win once again, given the stress that MMA can cause, it would be better to see him healthy and away from the sport than fighting and struggling outside of the cage.
Besides Lesnar looking after himself, he also has a family to think about. Lesnar is known to be a big family man, and risking his health would not be fair to them.
He Has Already Accomplished More Than Anyone Ever Expected Him to
After 2 UFC fights and only 3 total MMA fights, Lesnar received a title shot against Randy Couture at UFC 91.
Many felt that Lesnar did not deserve to fight in the match, and believed he was only getting the shot because of his notoriety.
Lesnar proved his doubters wrong, defeating Couture by TKO.
Despite being a freak of an athlete, Lesnar had many doubters coming into the sport because he was known as a "fake" wrestler.
But Lesnar has accomplished more in his short amount of time in the sport than many do their whole careers.
He Is Not Going to Win the Championship Again
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Although Lesnar was able to win the UFC world heavyweight title and defend it twice, it is looking less and less likely that he will ever be champion again.
All Lesnar wants to do in the sport is be the heavyweight champion. But if he is unable to do that, then he would fail his own purpose.
Besides the illness, Lesnar had a good run as heavyweight champion. But at age 34, Lesnar is not getting any younger, and unless he changes some things in his game, the window of opportunity will close.