UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar today underwent surgery for a minor bacterial infection in his intestinal trac in Bismarck, N.D., according to the Los Angeles Times.
Company President Dana White today visited the 6’3″, 280+-pound former professional wrestling star in the hospital, saying via Twitter.com:
“Brock had minor surgery and is feeling better. Not 100 percent sure he is out of the woods but feeling better.”
Lesnar is suffering from a severe case of diverticulitis, “a common digestive disease often found in the large intestine.” Surgery is often only required as a last resort to prevent against a potentially life-threatening situation.
In addition, White revealed that he could need additional procedures in the future if for whatever reason the latest one doesn’t get him healthy.
Therefore, with his return a uncertainty at this time, White has decided to coordinate an interim division title to keep things moving in the weight class while Lesnar recovers.
No potential candidates are known at this time; however, Shane Carwin — who was supposed to fight Lesnar this weekend, and then later moved to Jan. 2 before both dates were scrapped because of the illness — and Cain Velasquez have to be the amongst the top of the list of candidates.
Junior dos Santos, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Frank Mir also have to be under consideration.
Lesnar just recently unified the title when he defeated interim former champ, Frank Mir via technical knockout at UFC 100 on July 11. He stopped Couture in Nov. 2008 to initially capture the gold.