Dana White and Brock Lesnar have just announced via conference call that Brock Lesnar has experienced a recurrence of diverticulitis and is out of his fight with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 131. Lesnar began experiencing symptoms again during the filming of TUF, and a CT scan of his stomach confirmed that he has inflammation and may need to look at surgery. Replacing Lesnar on the card will be none other than Shane Carwin, who was training to fight Jon Olav Einemo on the Vancouver card. This recurrence isn’t as serious as Brock’s first instance of diverticulitis, which almost killed him, but it’s bad enough that he’s going to be out of the cage for the foreseeable future.
Brock made it clear during the call that he is not retiring, and that he will be back fighting in the UFC as soon as he is healthy. Obviously the shittiest thing about this situation is that one of the MMA community’s members is facing a serious medical problem, but this also basically flushes an entire season of TUF (further) down the shitter and comes on the heels of UFC 130 losing its main event. Maybe MMA fans should change the saying from “Beware the Ides of March” to “Beware the middle of May,” as this tends to be a time when cards fall apart faster than Charlie Sheen’s “comedy” tour. Fortunately for the UFC, Carwin vs. Dos Santos is a much, much better replacement bout than Rampage vs. Hamill. Here’s hoping Brock gets the best treatment he can and gets healthy, whether he fights again or not.