Brock Lesnar Contracts Diverticulitis Again, Dos Santos vs. Carwin at UFC 131

UFC president Dana White announced today that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has been forced to withdraw from UFC 131’s main event due to a second case of diverticulitis.

Shane Carwin has stepped up as Lesnar’s replacement and will meet Junior Dos Santos on June 11th at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

It’s the second time diverticulitis has derailed Lesnar’s career, though Lesnar said it’s not nearly as serious as his first. In late 2009, he was forced to withdraw from UFC 106 due to an unknown malady that turned out to be a life-threatening case of diverticulitis, a digestive disease of the intestines.

These are the official notes from the media call today:

White: Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has diverticulitis again.

White: Lesnar has some serious choices to make in the next few weeks.

White: Dos Santos will fight Shane Carwin instead of Lesnar.

Lesnar: I dodged a bullet two years ago with not having the surgery. Diverticulitis is an illness that never goes away.

Lesnar: I’ve been able to maintain it to the point where it’s tolerable. Able to go through two camps, Carwin, and Cain without problems.

Lesnar: I’ve dealt with symptoms for the last three months. I felt it during TUF. Only way to treat it is to take antibiotics.

Lesnar: During this training camp, I felt an infection. Had a CT scan to confirm. It didn’t allow me to train to my full ability.

Lesnar: I am forced with the decision to have surgery or deal with this for the rest of my life.

Lesnar: My health and my family are number one. I’m choked up about it, but there’s nothing I can do.

Lesnar: I’m not retiring. This isn’t the end of my fight career.

Lesnar: This isn’t the end of Brock Lesnar. This is a speed bump in the road.

Lesnar: I went to the Mayo Clinic yesterday. I was there for 14 hours.

Lesnar: I don’t know the risks of surgery, but it has to be better than what I’ve dealt with the last two years.

Lesnar: I believe this illness has kept me from being in peak form. 85-90% for Carwin, pushing self to another limit with Cain.

Lesnar: I knew right away when the symptoms hit. I lied to myself though. Told myself my diet was working.

White: This sucks. I’m glad Brock’s OK, not life-threatening. We’ll take it one day at a time.

Lesnar: Dana cares about the health of his fighters, and he’s a class-act guy. Greatly appreciate it.

Lesnar: There’s no timetable with regards to making a decision.

White: No opponent for Einemo yet. We’ll figure that out.

Lesnar: I don’t know how long I’ll be out.

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