UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has already re-scheduled his title defence bout with Shane Carwin twice. Now it appears to be off indefinitely with reports of Brock’s illness getting worse.
At Saturday night’s UFC 105 post-event press conference, UFC president Dana White said the mononucleosis that had been bothering Lesnar is still present, but the champ is now suffering a new set of illnesses as well.
“I am worried about it,” White said. “I can’t really talk about it right now, but [Lesnar] is in rough shape. He’s in really bad shape. “I’m actually probably going to fly to go see him, and we’re going to probably have to do some stuff to take care of this guy. He is not well, and he’s not getting any better.”
White said he wasn’t sure how serious the new illnesses were, and whether they could be career or even life-threatening.
“I’ve got to get him to one of these really good hospitals with really good doctors to figure out what’s wrong and how we get him better.”
White said Lesnar collapsed while spending time on a retreat in Canada and was checked into a hospital.
“[Lesnar] is in bad shape, and the reality is they don’t really know all that’s wrong with him,” White said. “He owns a bunch of property in Canada. He went up to Canada just to get away from his house, to go up there and just kind of chill out up there.
“He [expletive] dropped. He went down, and he had to go to the hospital. They ran every test on the planet on him, and they ended up finding out something else was wrong with him.”
White said he’s not yet sure what the UFC will do regarding the heavyweight division with its champion on the shelf for an indeterminable amount of time.
“If it’s a long wait, we’re gong to have to do something,” White said. “We’re going to have to – the last thing I ever want to do is strip a guy who won a title. That’s the last thing I want to do. I don’t know if we’ll have to do an interim or what we’ll do to fix it.”
White said there’s still more questions than answers surrounding his heavyweight champion, but one thing was certain: Lesnar will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
“He is not good,” White said. “He is very, very sick, and he’s going to be out for a while”.
This is upsetting and concerning news about the heavyweight champ’s condition. While the MMA world waits on the champ’s health to better, what will become of the division and even more importantly what will become of the heavyweight belt that resides with the ill champ? I am with Dana on this – love Brock or hate him no one should ever want to see the belt stripped from the person who actually won it, and see it around another’s waist without beating the proper champion.
Whatever the case, we will have to wait on Dana White’s decision after he pays the champ a visit, and gets more details on his health and timeline for recovery. We here at cagedinsider.com hope you get better soon Brock.