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Brock Lesnar Undergoes Surgery, Eyes 2012 Return

UFC President Dana White announced during last night’s UFC 130 Prelims special on Spike TV that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar underwent surgery on Friday for his most recent battle with the intestinal ailment diverticulitis.

“Brock Lesnar had surgery,” White revealed last night. “They removed about 12 inches of his colon, and they repaired it.

“He says he feels great. He said he’s a little sore, but the operation was a huge success. We’re hoping that he can be back by the first of the year. He’s excited to recover and get back in the UFC.”

Lesnar’s original battle with the disease forced him to take a year away from the sport between 2009-2010 and to also consider retirement. It recently flared up again and forced him out of a planned bout with his opposing The Ultimate Fighter 13 coach Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 next month.

Shane Carwin will take Lesnar’s spot to face dos Santos, with the winner of that bout likely going on to face UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin will take place on June 11, 2011 from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.