After months of speculation on Brock Lesnar’s future we finally have some answers – and the news is good.
Lesnar made an appearance on ESPN’s Sportcenter this morning, and confirmed that he will return to fight in the UFC in 2010.
The current heavyweight champion stated that he had been diagnosed with Diverticulitis last year after falling ill while training for a title fight with Shane Carwin. He was eventually hospitalized as the pain became more severe, and was dismayed to learn from doctor’s that surgery to remove a piece of his colon would be necessary, and could spell the end of his career.
While in the hospital he was given medication which allowed him to avoid immediate surgery, and despite the bleak diagnosis Lesnar held out hope that his body would heal naturally instead.
On January 5th Lesnar had a full check-up in which Doctor’s were dumbfounded to find no further problems with his stomach. After seeking several doctor’s opinions since, and having further scans as recently as yesterday Lesnar has now been given a green-light to return to competing in mixed martial arts.
“They couldn’t find signs of anything wrong with my stomach. It’s just a miracle to me,” the former pro-wrestler said.
During his battle with the disease Lesnar lost 40lbs, but after changing his diet and getting back into training he has gained back 30lbs.
Sitting alongside Lesnar was UFC president Dana White who stated that despite the good news regarding Lesnar’s health, the UFC will still go ahead with the Frank Mir Vs Shane Carwin interim title fight, giving Lesnar time to get back to full fitness, and face the winner of the bout to unify the titles in the summer.