The UFC heavyweight champion and former WWE star Brock Lesnar is in serious trouble. Lesnar has been hampered for months with an illness described as mono. UFC president Dana White has informed TMZ.com that Lesnar will not only need surgery, but may never fight again. The latest news is a death blow for UFC and may be the final chapter in one of the most polarizing careers in MMA history.
Lesnar’s condition is still a bit of a mystery. I have heard all kinds of rumors about the real conditions surrounding Lesnar’s illness, but none are confirmed. The amount of mystery and ambiguity surrounding this only fuels my speculation. It all began a few weeks back when it was announced that Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin was pushed back to UFC 108. Officials cited flu-like symptoms which have prevented Brock from training. Carwin was taken by surprise, as he too claimed to be sick but never had intentions of pulling out of the fight. However, things took an interesting twist a few weeks back when a video surfaced on You Tube.
The plot thickened last week when several writers reported that Lesnar was still sick and that the UFC 108 fight wasn’t going to happen. The UFC and Dana White confirmed the news after several reporters leaked the information. Dana White met with the media over the weekend at UFC 105 and talked frankly about Lesnar’s illness. White’s comments stunned the MMA world when he revealed for the first time that Lesnar’s career is in serious jeopardy.
“[Lesnar] is in bad shape, and the reality is they don’t really know all that’s wrong with him,” White said. “He owns a bunch of property in Canada. He went up to Canada just to get away from his house, to go up there and just kind of chill out up there. He [expletive] dropped. He went down, and he had to go to the hospital. They ran every test on the planet on him, and they ended up finding out something else was wrong with him.”
“He is not good,” White said. “He is very, very sick, and he’s going to be out for a while.
“He doesn’t want to talk about it publicly, but he’s in bad shape. He’s not well. He’s not going to be getting well anytime soon.” – MMAJunkie.com.
TheStar.com out of Toronto reports that Lesnar may be admitted into the Mayo Clinic for surgery. If so, this is very serious and goes well beyond any kind of fighting career. Quite frankly, I have to believe that there is something more wrong with Lesnar than mono. It truly is amazing that someone in such tremendous physical condition as Brock Lesnar can just deteriorate in a matter of weeks.
Brock Lesnar has fought four times in the UFC in yet his MMA career seems much bigger. Never has someone immediately grabbed so much attention and such little time in MMA and turned themselves literally into a UFC superstar overnight. Lesnar’s UFC career did not come without controversy. Quick title shots and controversial antics outside of the ring turned Lesnar into a very polarizing figure in MMA. Ironically in the end, the final memory of Brock Lesnar may be getting into his opponents face post-fight, criticizing a sponsor, and giving fans the middle finger.
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