Dana White reiterated last night at the UFC 108 post-fight press conference that UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar would meet with his physician this week to determine his status.
“This is the week, this week Brock Lesnar is going back to the doctor and getting fully checked out,” said White. “This week I’ll know. So we get through this week and hopefully Brock’s OK.
“If the doctors say things are going well and things are going in the right direction, then maybe we’re a few months away from him coming back,” he continued. “If it’s not going in the right direction, he’ll either be done and have to retire, or he’ll be out for a couple of years. After we get that announcement, then we’ll be able to plan what we’re going to do with the heavyweight division.”
The UFC has already announced plans for Frank Mir to face Shane Carwin at UFC 111 for the interim heavyweight title, so one can assume that Lesnar will at the very least be out of action for at least the next 6 months and even longer if major surgery is needed. White noted that the organization would continue without Lesnar if they had to, but that he’s more concerned about his well being.
“I didn’t even know that we were going to have Brock Lesnar a couple of years ago… I didn’t know if he was going to be good,” he stated. “The thing that I’m most concerned about is if he’s OK. I’m not looking at it and thinking that if he’s gone, we’re going to lose all those pay-per-view buys.
“If he has to have this major surgery, we’re talking about changing the quality of this guy’s life forever,” he continued. “I like him… I respect him… I hope that doesn’t happen for him and his family’s sake. Pay-per-view buys? I don’t give a shit about that. I hope the guy’s healthy.”
Stay tuned to FightLine.com for further updates on Brock Lesnar and his status this week.