The current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar underwent surgery to close a perforation in his intestine that had been leaking fecal matter into his abdomen, causing pain, abscesses, and overtaxing his immune system to the point that he contracted mononucleosis. From the level of damage to Lesnar’s system, the surgeon estimated that the intestinal condition had been ongoing for around a year.
Although the surgery was successful, his MMA career continues to be in jeopardy. UFC President Dana White announced that Lesnar will be with the doctors doing some final tests and his mixed martial arts career will most likely be decided later this week. We’ll finally be able to find out if Lesnar will be back soon to defend his title or if he is forced to retire early.
From Dana White:
“This week Brock Lesnar is going back to the doctor, getting fully checked out by one of the best doctors and hospitals in the world…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. 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 years. So, hopefully we get good news…The thing that I’m concerned about most is Brock Lesnar, that he’s okay. I’m not looking at Brock Lesnar and saying, ‘oh Brock,’ now he’s gone and we’re gonna lose all these pay-per-view buys…What I’m thinking about is I hope Brock’s gonna be okay. If he has to have this major surgery, you’re talking about changing the quality of this guy’s life forever. Pay-per-view buys? I could give a (expletive) about that. I hope the guy is healthy…It’s funny because all the people that were booing and hating him, they’re all sitting back now and thinking about what life would be without Brock Lesnar. He’s exciting. He makes it fun. He’s a nut and you don’t know what he’s going to do. He’s like our Mike Tyson.”