Brock Lesnar suffers diverticulitis relapse, pulls out of UFC fight
|Brock Lesnar has fallen ill with diverticulitis again.|
The U of M wrestling standout, former UFC heavyweight champion, and current star of The Ultimate Fighter reality show has suffered a relapse of the illness that almost left him needing a colostomy bag in early 2010.
The news was announced by UFC President Dana White in a hastily arranged media call at 5 p.m. EST today. It means that Lesnar will not be able to fight Junior dos Santos, which was supposed to be the culmination of the reality TV season, as well as the No. 1 contender match for the heavyweight strap.
Shane Carwin will step in to replace Brock Lesnar and face dos Santos at UFC 131. Previously, Lesnar bested Carwin with a submission choke at the start of the second round after Brock barely survived a pounding from the heavy-handed Carwin in the first.
Lesnar originally fell ill back in January 2010 on a hunting trip in Canada. He was diagnosed with mono, but Brock didn't trust Canadian healthcare, so when he got back home, he went to Minnesota's Mayo Clinic for a second opinion.
In an interview with Yahoo at the time, UFC President White described how waste was leaking into Lesnar's stomach.
Yes, it is as disgusting as it sounds.
"He had a hole in his intestine," White said. "The (stuff) was leaking into his stomach. That's what was causing him so much pain. That and he had abscesses."See where it says, "stuff"? I'm pretty sure that White really said, "shit."
Lesnar went 11 days being fed intravenously, during which he lost 40-50 pounds from his 285 pound frame.
When he went back to the Mayo Clinic on January 19, he was fully healed, with no holes in his stomach. He went on ESPN Sportscenter to pronounce it a miracle healing and discuss his return to the Octagon.
Lesnar says the symptoms flared up again three months ago, and that he was suffering from them during the taping of The Ultimate Fighter.
He's awaiting test results from the Mayo Clinic and remains adamant that he's not retiring, but it's hard to see him coming back from this a second time. He's debating whether to have corrective surgery or else try "dealing with this for the rest of my life."
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