By now, many MMA fans have heard the news about Brock Lesnar’s plan to continue fighting upon recovering from a health issue that threatened to end his career. What follows is the resulting commentary from a humble Christian MMA examiner, yours truly.
Many people familiar with the UFC heavyweight champion remember him not only for his monstrous size and strength, but also for his temperamental stage personality. Lesnar’s behavior in the octagon has often seemed to clash with his attitude outside the octagon. After all, he generally lives a modest and almost typical American lifestyle. At the same time, nobody can wonder much at his antics in the cage considering his history with the WWE, the abundant testosterone he undoubtedly carries, and the rampant trash-talking that he’s had to deal with.
Regardless, Lesnar’s behavior has done nothing less than draw one sort of attention or another. Love him or hate him, people enjoy seeing him headline an event. And the UFC can thank him for ushering in a revival of their heavyweight division, which, before Lesnar, had little talent to draw viewers. Despite the now-growing talent pool, many fans certainly did not want to see the current champ go. Yet, that very possibility presented itself recently when a serious condition nearly took Lesnar out of commission entirely.
As most now know, Lesnar learned late last year that he had a perforation in his intestine. It almost required surgery and very possibly an early retirement from fighting. The champ admitted in yesterday’s conference call that he then not only began to improve his diet, but he and his loved ones also turned to prayer. When he and his doctors amazingly discovered that the hole had completely disappeared, Lesnar called it a miracle. A lot of articles out there refer to it as a miracle of medicine and don’t even want to touch the subject of God.
As a passionate Christian utterly unashamed of the truth of her faith, this particular writer refuses to let this subject intimidate her. Without any intention to offend, although running the risk of it, this much must be said: Medicine itself has never performed miracles. In fact, it rarely even successfully does what it is intended to do; however, medicine has occasionally done great things for us. It might even be said that God has granted us this blessing, this tool that sometimes helps people to perform miracles. But, ultimately, miracles derive from God.
Some might attribute Lesnar’s recuperation to his change in diet. While that will certainly help prevent a recurrence, it seems highly unlikely that it would remove a pre-existing hole altogether. Readers may feel free to draw their own conclusions, but this examiner wishes more than anything first to give glory to God and secondly to plant a seed of faith in others. The power of prayer is very real, and may Lesnar’s experience serve as a testimony in the martial arts world and in the world in general.
In conclusion, without really knowing where Lesnar’s beliefs currently lie, hopefully he will gain faith in Jesus and at least become a better role model than in the past. If not, then he will instead be a stumbling block to others and to himself in addition to possibly bringing further illness upon himself. Rather, may he continue to take better care of both his body and his spirit, improving in both health and faith. Hopefully, Lesnar might be added to the short list of people helping to bridge the gap between Christians and martial artists.