Brock Lesnar (5-2) was set to face off against Junior dos Santos (12-1) at the finale of this years Ultimate Fighter Season. However the illness that sidelined him earlier in his career, diverticulitis, has flared back up and he is now faced with the choice of either having surgery or simply dealing with this for the rest of his life.
While this flare up is not as life threatening as his previous ordeal with the intestinal infection that Lesnar was diagnosed with in 2009 it still leaves him currently unable to sufficiently train for his fight with Junior dos Santos (JDS). So in what was called an emotional conference call, Lesnar announced he is pulling out of his fight with JDS.
“It’s not as serious as last time,” said Lesnar, whose first brush with diverticulitis left him hospitalized and reportedly near-death. “It just didn’t allow me to train the way I needed to train for a No. 1 contender’s bout … I only have three weeks to turn this thing around. We just didn’t feel like I could do that.”
“I wanted more than anything to fight Junior dos Santos and to win that fight and to get a shot at Cain Velasquez. I wanted nothing more than that. But now, more importantly, my health and my family are more important. So, we keep things in perspective,” said Lesnar.
Replacing Lesnar will be top contender Shane Carwin (12-1), whose sole loss comes at the hands of Lesnar by an arm-triangle choke in the second round after Carwin clearly won the first round by laying down some serious ground and pound.
Lesnar promises that this setback is in no way going to stop him from returning to the octagon. However when he does return the heavyweight division may look a very different place, as the fight between Carwin and dos Santos will determine who fights Cain Velaquez. Velasquez has also been sidelined with a shoulder injury after his bout with Lesnar at UFC 121.
In the meantime Lesnar will be undergoing a battery of tests to help him determine the best course of action.
“Now I’m at another fork in the road to where … now, what do I do?” said Lesnar. “I gotta follow-up with my doctors and weigh the risks and rewards. I went down there yesterday to figure out the problem. We’re waiting on a number of different tests to come back.”
Unfortunately the new health insurance plan that the UFC has purchased for fighters doesn’t come into effect for another month, but the UFC has had a history of taking care of its own when it really counted.
While he is not one of the best loved fighters the UFC has, he certainly is a big draw and he will be missed during the interim but he is a fighter at heart and he will be back. That much is certain.
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