With UFC 105 barely in the rearview mirror and UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin on the docket for this Saturday night, you would think all the buzz would be surrounding the action in the ring. Instead, the fight everyone is talking about is the battle Brock Lesnar is in with a serious illness that is jeopardizing his fighting career.
UFC 106 was supposed to be the date that Lesnar stepped back into the ring to defend his heavyweight title against Shane Carwin, but as we all know, he was unable to fight because of an illness. That illness was previously thought to be Mono because of the diminished energy levels and Brock’s decreasing health.
We know now that this illness is far more serious than first thought and has put the heavyweight’s fighting career on the back burner for the foreseeable future.
Dana White flew to Bismarck, N.D. on Tuesday, where Lesnar is hospitalized, to visit the champ who was in heavy post-op sedation. There by Lesnar’s side was his family and friends who are all very concerned with both the health of Brock, but his future as a fighter in the UFC.
We are now finding out more about what exactly is wrong with Lesnar, “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.
“The doctor told him he hasn’t been right for a year. His immune system has been trying to fight this thing and that’s why he was susceptible to getting sick.”
“The family was worried big time, they were freaking out,” White said Wednesday. “Brock was in big pain, he was hurting.
“We don’t know if he’ll ever fight again.”
At this point, no one knows the future of Lesnar as a fighter but he is supposed to be visiting the famed Mayo Clinic sometime next week for further testing.
“We’ll find out more next week,” White said. “We’re going to send him to the Mayo Clinic for a couple of days. I don’t know what to say. It’s looking better now than last week, but what that means, I don’t know.”
With so much uncertainty surrounding this situation there isn’t going to be a resolve to the heavyweight title anytime soon. The timing of this illness couldn’t have been worse as the Lesnar hype train was running at full speed and the PPV buys with him in the ring was certain to be massive.
For now, White will have to turn his attention to promoting the Ortiz/Griffin fight at UFC 106 and the recently announced Machida/Shogun rematch that has been scheduled for May 1st in Montreal.