UFC president Dana White held a conference call on Thursday to announce some “major news” – Brock Lesnar’s ongoing health problems with diverticulitis have returned and he is being forced to pull out of his upcoming fight. Lesnar had been scheduled to fight Junior Dos Santos in a #1 contenders match at UFC 131 on June 11th, but is unable to compete. He will be replaced by former #1 contender Shane Carwin.
Lesnar spoke out about his future in MMA during the media event – saying he might be forced to undergo “life changing surgery” in the near future. Despite this news, Brock Lesnar refuses to stop fighting and vows to return to the cage once again: “I’m not retiring. This isn’t the end of my fight career. I believe there’s a solution to every problem. This isn’t the end of Brock Lesnar. This is a speed bump in the road.”
Lesnar is being treated once again at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota – the same facility that treated him back in 2009 when he first battled diverticulitis and nearly lost his life in the process. He insists this most recent bout with the stomach illness is not as serious as last time – but it was preventing him from training for the Dos Santos fight and he was forced to pull out.