In a shocking turn of events, Dana White has just held a press conference in which he announced that the UFC 131 headliner and coach of the current TUF 13 television show, Brock Lesnar will not be fighting due to the return of his ongoing battle with diverticulitis. Instead Lesnar will be replaced by former top contender Shane Carwin to battle Junior Dos Santos for top heavyweight title contention. Lesnar had this to say on the matter.
“I want to thank the UFC, I want to thank Mr. White and I want to apologize to Junior dos Santos and Spike TV,” Lesnar said. “This is an unfortunate situation for me. I dodged a bullet about two years ago with diverticulitis, at that time not knowing what the problem was. … Diverticulitis is something that never goes away. It’s something I’ve dealt with since the first occurrence and I’ve been battling it.”
Lesnar goes on to talk about his ongoing issues that have hindered his training as of recent.
“It didn’t allow me to train to my full capabilities. I was forced to make a decision to go back to the doctor this week.”
Boss and UFC president Dana White followed up saying that Lesnar’s health is his top concern.
“He was all bummed out about pulling out of the fight,” White said, “I told him, ‘Don’t worry about the fight.’ … I’m glad it’s not life-threatening.”
For those of you who are worried of Lesnar having to step away from the sport for good, he says this.
“I love this sport and I love what I do,” Lesnar said. “This isn’t the end of Brock Lesnar.”
Sad to hear of Lesnar’s health, and we wish a speedy recovery for the former champion.