Morning Report: Dana White says Brock Lesnar regrets how his UFC career ended, calls potential return a 'definite possibility'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

For those fans left grasping for a sliver of hope to once again see former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar once again grace the Octagon, it's Dana White to the rescue.

According to White, Lesnar regrets his MMA flameout and a potential return to the sport is a "definite possibility."

"Me and Brock talk. I said recently Brock feels like ... he said he has some regrets with MMA because he wasn't healthy. He was going through those stomach problems the whole time he was here. So he has regrets."

Rumor's of a potential Lesnar comeback were revived earlier this month when Lance Pugmire of the LA Times claimed White was 'talking' to Lesnar, but would not release any further details until some sort of agreement was signed. The reports were largely discredited as being nothing more than an attempt by Lesnar to garner publicity for an upcoming appearance for a professional wrestling event.

A longtime sufferer of diverticulitis, Lesnar was plagued with health issues throughout his entire UFC career. According to White, Lesnar feels he was only competing nowhere near his true potential, hamstrung by his debilitating disease.

"It's interesting. He became champion with diverticulitis. What would he have done without it? From the first day he fought in the UFC until his last fight he was suffering from it. He never felt right. He just didn't know why and then it really hit him. He feels like he was fighting here at 40 percent.

"He thinks a Brock Lesnar that was 100 percent could have done much better. I told him, 'you're out of your f***ing mind. You came in here with one fight and became the heavyweight champion.' It was fun having Brock here."

Lesnar officially hung it up in 2011 following back-to-back knockout losses to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 and Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. Prior to that he had managed to string together four consecutive wins over Shane Carwin, Frank Mir, Randy Couture and Heath Herring, in that order.

"So he has some regrets. Would he like to fight again? I'm sure he would. We'll see how this whole thing plays out. It's definitely a possibility."

When asked if he would ever be interested in sharing Lesnar with the WWE in some capacity, White's remained coy as ever. "You never know."

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MEDIA STEW

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UFC Fight Night 35 post-fight press conference. Watch the full presser with Dana's GSP comments here.

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Dana talks Fight Night, GSP comments, Anderson Silva, Travis Browne, craziness on the TUF Brazil set and more.

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Fight Night recap.

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Full fight from TUF: Nations. Johnson vs. O'Reilly.

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Orthodox Jewish Rabbi training MMA under Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.

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Miss USA 2012, Whitney Miller, begins her Brazilian jiu jitsu journey.

(via Bloody Elbow)

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27 dislikes? She just wants to paint.

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Long watches.

MMA Bunker GSP vs the UFC

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TWEETS

As always, make sure to check out our excellent 'Pro's react' piece for last night's action.

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

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Get well soon.

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Popular Bisping.

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Assumably in response to Cole Miller's callout.

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TUF bound, probably.

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It's bad when Conte gets in on it.

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Call someone out, get invited to Russia.

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Outstanding.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Jan. 15 2014)

Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brennan Ward at Bellator 114

Jussier Formiga vs. Scott Jorgensen UFC Fight Night Natal

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.

What We NOW Know About UFC Fight Night 35... And What Should NOW Be Done

Was this a great card? No, but it was a very good card. There were a some submissions, a couple of TKO's, a controversial decision, a few impressive debuts, and of course, violence. Always boils down to violence. Hell yeah!

The main event established that Luke Rockhold isn't a pretender (but Costas Philippou is) and it isn't crazy to mention him in the same breath as Michael Bisping or Lyoto Machida. I think a lot of people forgot that he beat Jacare to obtain the Strikeforce belt in the first place. He is for real people! He should get another shot at a Top 5 fighter next to help clear up the muddled middleweight picture. I'm sure some people are going to bitch that his victory over Philippou means nothing as most feel Philippou was exposed previously by Francis Carmont, but no one had been able to put away Philippou in his career yet and Rockhold did so with relative ease. As for Philippou... poor guy. He isn't going to get cut by any means, but no one will mistake him for a Top 10 fighter again now that he has officially been exposed... similar to what he did to Tim Boetsch.

Other quick notes: Brad Tavares graduated from prospect to fringe contender. TJ Dillashaw stamped his legitimacy. Yoel Romero won by TKO (can he win any other way?). And judging is going to once again be ridiculed after the John Moraga-Dustin Ortiz verdict.

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