Originally Posted by benebox
I dont think people realize how much the surgery took out of Lesner. He wasn't the same fighter after and seemed timid and weak.
Yep. His whole life he'd always been bigger and stronger than everyone he was competing against. He was a physical monster.
Put him on a sickbed for months, take 40 pounds of muscle away from him and take away his confidence in his body, and he loses a lot. It's like taking away Liddell's chin - when he couldn't take the punches anymore, he couldn't beat anybody at the top level.