Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - — Com­piled from wire ser­vices

About the time Shane Car­win’s 40th con­sec­u­tive punch hit him in the face, Brock Les­nar re­al­ized he couldn’t ar­gue if the ref­eree stopped their fight and took away his UFC heavy­weight ti­tle.

When the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Car­win’s punches grad­u­ally lost their power, Les­nar knew he would sur­vive — and one round later, he dra­mat­i­cally fin­ished a come­back within a come­back at UFC 116 in Las Ve­gas.

Les­nar, the in­tim­i­dat­ing for­mer pro wrestler and the UFC’s biggest pay-per­view star, de­fended his ti­tle in his first fight since an in­testi­nal ill­ness nearly killed him.

“From that fight to this one feels like 10 years,” Les­nar said. “It’s been a gru­el­ing road. To come back from all that, and to be here and to win, words just can­not de­scribe it. I re­ally feel like I’m in a dream.

“I knew he was get­ting tired. Each shot he gave me was less dra­matic than the other. ... I stand be­fore you a hum­ble cham­pion, and I’m still the tough­est (guy) around, baby.”

Brock Les­nar

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