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Nogueira vs. Velasquez Could Be For Interim Title As Lesnar Remains Ill

As we noted earlier, UFC president Dana White Tweeted that heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar was still “VERY sick” and that his career remains in doubt. It appears now that the heavyweight bout between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez at UFC 110 could be for an interim title as Lesnar remains on the shelf.

“Tons of people keep asking me about brock. He is still VERY sick. We are unsure about his future,” White Tweeted on Thursday.

Lesnar was diagnosed with mononucleosis, then had surgery for an intestinal infection, however remains bedridden with a mystery illness. At least mysterious for everyone not a part of Team Lesnar as the champ’s camp remains committed to keeping his exact condition under wraps.

With the former All-American wrestler’s MMA career in doubt, it would only make sense for the UFC to manufacture a champion to keep the positive momentum Hall of Famer Randy Couture created when he re-un-retired to capture the strap from Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in March 2007.

Nogueira’s boxing coach, Luiz Dorea, told late Thursday evening they are waiting to hear from the world’s biggest mixed martial arts show whether Big Nog’s February 21st showdown will be a three or five-round affair.

“We regret Brock Lesnar’s situation, but Rodrigo is waiting to know if he will fight for the interim belt,” Dorea told the site. “He is expected to fight for the interim belt against Cain Velasquez at UFC 110 in Australia, but that’s not officially confirmed yet.”

Velasquez holds an impressive 7-0 record and is hungry for a title shot, especially after White indicated that the winner of his UFC 104 fight against Ben Rothwell would be “in the mix” for the strap. Velasquez ultimately pounded Rothwell into a second round TKO.

Big Nog holds a dominating 32-5-1 mark and was last seen taking a unanimous decision over Randy Couture at UFC 102 back in August. Many believed Nogueira was on his last leg after his convincing loss to Frank Mir at UFC 92, but his win over Couture proved otherwise.