After a recent reoccurence of his Diverticulitis illness, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has finally had to have an operation to attempt to cure the problem.

During tonight’s UFC 130 broadcast Dana White revealed that Lesnar had an operation on Friday to remove 12 inches of his colon.

White has since spoken with Lesnar who says he’s sore, but appears to be in good spirits.

The good news is that despite the operation it seems that Lesnar’s career is far from over, with White predicting that he could be back in the Octagon as soon as January of 2012.

When he was first diagnosed with Diverticulitis in 2009 Lesnar resisted the urge to have surgery and instead focused on completely reworking his diet, and at first it appeared to have worked with doctor’s reporting that he had made a full recovery.

Unfortunately, though he was able to fight twice in 2010, Lesnar began to experience the symptoms again during his time coaching on The Ultimate Fighter Season 12.

Realizing that diet alone was not the answer Lesnar had a consultation with a doctor on Thursday to establish the next course of action, and it was decided that surgery was the best option.

Since announcing his second battle with the illness Lesnar has consistently denied that it could mean the end of his MMA career, and has remained confident throughout that he would be compete again.

The hope now will be that his recent surgery has been 100% successful and that he can make a full and lasting recovery.

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