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.
[adinserter block=”1″]A couple of weeks following the news of Lesnar’s illness, a video surfaced of Brock Lesnar at a Minnesota Vikings game. Lesnar had the honor of blowing the Vikings’ horn. The controversy erupted when most noted that Lesnar looked perfectly fine at the game. Lesnar’s defenders claimed that Brock was still very sick, but gutted it out for the event. I saw the video and posted it here. I don’t think there is anything wrong with him doing this between fights, but I do have to question the seriousness of the illness after watching the video. If Lesnar was really as sick as what was being conveyed, any other professional athlete would have canceled the appearance. Why risk making yourself more sick by rolling out of bed, dealing with the media, and blowing an over-sized horn?
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.
[adinserter block=”2″]My hunch is that while we may see Brock Lesnar back in the UFC, it won’t be until next summer. If he has something this seriously wrong with him, it is going to take him time to recuperate from surgery and get himself back into training shape. At the same time, Dana White is going to be very hesitant to promote a fight with Lesnar until he is 100% sure that Brock is cured and ready. Unfortunately that day could possibly never come.
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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