The dust has settled, the octagon has been broken down, and the injuries began to slowly heal, but one thing that hasn't changed is that Brock Lesnar is still the UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Brock Lesnar went into the Shane Carwin fight with a big layoff between fights due to his illness. He called his recovery a miracle (which doctors also said) and came into UFC 116 with high expectations. In the first round Lesnar got caught with plenty of punches form Carwin not only from the stand up position but on the ground as well. Lesnar somehow survived the flurry of punches and fought through round 1 with visible injuries.
Round 2 was a different story though as Lesnar went for the take down and achieved it. Shane Carwin was quoted as saying his body "locked up" and he couldn't move much of his extremities during that round. With that being said Lesnar used his BJJ to jump to full mount to side control and locked in a triangle choke. Carwin eventually tapped to the submission and the Unified Heavyweight Championship.
Brock Lesnar fought through everything from his health issues and that first round to become champion again. What does that say about Brock and the heart and desire he carries with him? Even after his win he looked like a changed man with the words he expressed to Carwin and the fans in attendance.
Many people still don't like the fact that Brock Lesnar was playing the heel role at UFC 100 in where he flicked off the fans and made some very odd comments during his post fight interview. But with all this happening and where his health issues took him I think it really opened his eyes on what fighting is all about.
This is a sport in where things can happen in an instant and not something that is planned to take place. The WWE was his home for about 2 years and that was purely sports entertainment for the audience. The thought process was that of that he needed to choose a side of for or against the fans. But Lesnar now understands where his mind has to be in terms of fighting and The UFC.
Brock Lesnar surprised everybody with surviving that assault from Shane Carwin and picking up the win for the Unified Heavyweight Championship. He gained a lot more respect for the way he presented himself before and after the fight from many former Lesnar "haters". It's a great story for a man who was about to have an emergency surgery to coming back and looking like one of the best fighters in The UFC.
Hate him or love him he is an excellent fighter who only seems to be improving his skills inside of the octagon. UFC 116 is something that he will remember for a long time in terms of being reinvented in many ways. For him going through what he had to adore, it really says something about himself first as a person and a fighter. Brock Lesnar is the Heavyweight Champion and doesn't look like his roller coaster ride is far from over in The UFC.