UFC president Dana White told Fanhouse at the pre-fight press conference for UFC 107 that heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s fighting future depends on whether or not his illness requires major surgery.
“The doctors know what he has but it’s just a question of whether Brock will need major surgery or not,” said White. “It’s something we’ll find out in a couple of months.”
The heavyweight behemoth was first inflicted with “mono” months back only later to find out he was also suffering from a serious intestinal disease called diverticulitis. The common digestive disease has not only inflamed pouches in Lesnar’s large intestine but it has also derailed all his past attempts to defend the title against number one contender Shane Carwin. When Brock will actual get an opportunity to make his first title defense is unknown and has been put on hiatus indefinitely after the fighter had to pull out of a rescheduled bout with Carwin, a fight that was set to headline UFC 108 in January.
Brock Lesnar’s absence has many fans speculating on how the UFC will handle his champion status in the heavyweight ranks. It has been rumored the situation has forced the organization to consider creating an interim heavyweight belt, an alternative to completely stripping the Minnesota native of the title all together.
In the interview Dana White explained the onset of the illness by saying, “It just hit him. He started feeling sick and thought it was the flu. He went to the hospital to find out that none of the doctors knew what was wrong with him. Afterward, Brock’s brother suggested a trip up to Canada to get away. While there Brock just dropped, literally dropped. Canada is where it all started.”
Despite the uncertain set-backs, the champ has been in high spirits staying confident about his eventual return to the octagon according to White. When asked what Lesnar talks about during their exchanges, Dana said, “He’s been talking about getting better and fighting. He’s very confident about getting back in there. Listen, he is in a lot better place now than he was at the hospital.”