Brock Lesnar: There are days I think I can get back inside the UFC Octagon

Copyright: Martin McNeil

Here comes the pain?

When he's not getting on top of his wife or drinking a Coors Light, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is thinking about his former career as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, one that ended on a bit of a sour note.

And by "sour note," I mean getting knocked around by Alistair Overeem at UFC 141.

That definitive loss came after a long and painful battle against diverticulitis, one that shortened a UFC career that did big business at the box office, thanks to high-profile wins over Randy Couture, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin. But does he still have the itch to compete?

Lesnar keeps himself in check with L.A. Times:

"I do miss it, but I've got to keep myself in check. What I went through the last few years was quite traumatic, not being able to fight like I wanted. I got back on the horse way too soon. Coulda, shoulda, woulda. That chapter in my life has come to closure, and I'm comfortable with it. I've never really sat and pondered about what I could've done differently or how things could've been, but I wasn't the same guy. Now I feel great; there's days I think I can get back into the Octagon and be the same human being I was before. But I'm on another chapter."

Indeed.

That "chapter" includes another successful run in WWE, the professional wrestling organization that recruited him out of college, where the former Death Clutch denizen captured an NCAA Division 1 national championship. He'll return to the ring on Sunday (Aug. 18) to take on CM Punk at SummerSlam 2013 at the Staples Center.

And after that?

He's still got a few years left as a pro wrestler, but at age 36, probably won't ever find himself back inside the Octagon. Unless, of course, UFC President Dana White can finally harpoon his white whale and make this oft-mentioned dream fight at Cowboys Stadium a reality.

Stranger things have happened.

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