Brock Lesnar has Diverticulitis again, Junior Dos Santos will fight Shane Carwin at UFC 131Posted on May 12, 2011, 04:19 PM by Anton Gurevich
UFC President Dana White announced this afternoon that the former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar has once again been diagnosed with diverticulitis, and will be out of the long-anticipated UFC 131 event in Vancouver, Canada. Lesnar's UFC 131 opponent Junior Dos Santos will still fight, facing the fellow KO machine Shane "The Engineer" Carwin.
It's Brock Lesnar's second battle with diverticulitis. After his fight against Frank Mir at UFC 100, Lesnar was diagnosed with diverticulitis for the first time, which later cost him a year-long layoff after nearly ending his fighting career. Lesnar returned with an impressive victory over Shane Carwin, but eventually lost his title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121.
Brock Lesnar is currently 5-2 in his MMA career, competing since 2007.
• First and foremost, I want to thank the UFC, I want to thank Mr. White and I want to apologize to Junior dos Santos and Spike TV. 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. It's something that is in your colon for the rest of your life.
• I've been dealing with symptoms for the last three months. I felt a little bit while I was filiming The Ultimate Fighter. The only way to treat the symptoms is by getting on antibiotics and allowing them to take their course and fight the infection.
• It didn't allow me to train at my full capabilities. It drains my entire body. All my resources went towards fighting the infection instead of rebuilding what I tore down in the gym.
• Its not as serious as last time, but it just didnt allow me to train the way I needed to train for a number one contender bout. I am forced with the decision whether to have surgery, or to deal with this for the rest of my life.
• Different thoughts come to mind, but it wouldn't be fair to myself or my family, or to the people that I have to get into the octagon in front of and perform against. I wouldn't be 100% on June 11th. I had to make a decision this week to allow the UFC enough time. My health is number one, my family is number one and it was a hard decision. I'm choked up about it and there's nothing I can do.
• (Since first coming down with the illness) I belive that I haven't been "that guy" (athletically). Even in my comeback fight against Shane Carwin, I felt ok, but I would say I was maybe 85 or 90 percent. Then the Velasquez fight was just me pushing myself to another limit.
• I'll tell you one thing, I'm not retiring. This isn't the end of my fight career. I believe there is a solution to every problem and I've just got to find the right solution to fix this problem. I love this sport and I love what I do. This isn't the end of Brock Lesnar, this is a speed bump in the road. This is not the end of my career, far from it.
- There is currently no timeline for Lesnar's return
- The UFC has not yet found a replacement for Shane Carwin's previous opponent, Jon Olav Einemo.
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Photo: UFC fighter Brock Lesnar at the weigh ins for UFC 116 at the MGM Grand Arena on July 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker