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UFC 141: Brock Lesnar Preparing For Return To Heavyweight Title Picture

Minnesota native Brock Lesnar is preparing for a return to prominence within the heavyweight title picture after losing his title at UFC 121 to Cain Velasquez. The former Golden Gophers wrestler has a to get back into the fold, however, if he's able to defeat Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 on Friday night.

Lesnar hasn't fought since his loss to Velasquez after enduring a second battle with diverticulitis, but the Alexandria-based MMA fighter has quickly been thrust back into the fold with Friday night's fight. If the former WWE superstar loses, though, it's being opined around the internet that he may retire from the sport of mixed martial arts.

Nate Wilcox weighed in on the topic over at MMA Nation, reasoning that it's possible -- but maybe not quite as likely as Fight Opinion's Zach Arnold made it seem when he discussed the same topic.

I'm less inclined to think that Lesnar will pick up his marbles and go home with a loss than Arnold is, but I also wouldn't be shocked if Brock decides to walk away rather than continue to fight while being locked out of the UFC title picture. It should also be noted Lesnar has money and is 34. If he isn't physically performing up to his own potential and is aware of it, there isn't much incentive left to compete.

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